Changes to train times


Christmas and New Year 2019/20 Travel Summary

Fewer people travel by rail over the Christmas the New Year bank holiday period (Monday 23 December 2019 to Thursday 2 January 2020) which is why rail companies decide to carry out essential improvement and engineering work across the rail network during this time.

This is why many train companies will also be making changes to their timetable and some train times to match services to the number of customers travelling.

Once the train companies have confirmed services for Christmas and New Year travel, find the best value fare for your journey using our Cheapest Fare Finder. If tickets aren't yet available for your journey, choose to be kept informed about when advance tickets go on sale by signing up to receive an alert here.

Most train companies will start to publish their Christmas and New Year timetables towards the end of September. Check back then using Journey Planner below to plan ahead or to book tickets.

To find out more about your rights if a train changes, please check here.

Major improvements to your railway this bank holiday

Details of the major improvement works to be undertaken during Christmas and into the New Year will be published here when available.

To find details of ALL the railway engineering works taking place, please click here.

What service will my train operator be running?

Your can check how your journey will be affected with each train operator by selecting their day-by-day travel guide from the table below (when the links become available):


Our Festive Travel Tips

  • For the Cheapest Fares: Try the National Rail Enquiries Cheapest Fare Finder. Also, please check your eligibility for a Railcard, which gives a third off most rail fares including Advance tickets.
  • Reserve a seat: We strongly recommend that you reserve a seat where available to ensure a comfortable journey.
  • Buy your ticket early: Please check our Buying Advance Tickets page frequently to see when tickets are available to buy.
  • Social media: For the latest rail travel news, why not follow National Rail Enquiries on Twitter or Facebook? Over one million people now follow @nationalrailenq on Twitter. You can follow our Christmas updates on Twitter using #xmasrailworks

Travelling in London

  • Christmas Eve - Last trains leaving London direct to key destinations - Please check back here nearer the time.

  • New Years Day - Overnight trains to get you home after celebrating the New Year in London and last trains leaving London direct to key destinations will be published here nearer to the date.

  • Transport for London services - Details of London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, buses, trams and river services over the Christmas and New Year bank holiday will be available from the Transport for London website.

Last updated:   15 August 2019