Christmas and New Year 2021/22 Travel Summary

Welcome to the National Rail Enquiries travel advice summary for the Christmas and New Year Bank Holiday period, Thursday 23 December 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022.

A considerable amount of engineering work will be taking place during the holiday period. Network Rail carry out essential improvement and engineering work across the rail network during this time as fewer people will be travelling.

Many train companies will also be making changes to their timetable, and to some train times, to match services to the number of customers travelling. The continuing impact of the Coronavirus pandemic is an extra factor which may affect the service.

Travelling to/from Heathrow Airport?

Travel to Heathrow Airport will be affected by planned closures throughout the festive period.

  • 24-30 December 2021 and 2-3 January 2022: There will be no London Underground Piccadilly line service to or from Heathrow Airport. Use TfL Rail services to/from London Paddington (except 25 and 26 December when there will be no service to Heathrow). Replacement coaches will also be available to/from Hammersmith
  • 25 December (Christmas Day): No public transport is running. Use Taxi and Private Hire services or alternative third-party coach services
  • 26 December: No Tube or rail services will be running to/from Heathrow, including Heathrow Express services. Use bus, replacement coaches from Hammersmith or third-party coach and Taxi / Private Hire services.

Train Operating Company service levels and engineering work:

​​​​​​​Details of ALL the railway engineering works taking place over the holiday period, and service level changes, for your Train Operating Company can be found below :.


Check your journey 

You can find the best value fare for your journey using our Cheapest Fare Finder.

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

Travelling in London over the holiday period?

  • Transport for London services - Travel changes and information if you will be using TfL services in London during the Christmas and New Year bank holiday are available on the TfL website here.

  • Christmas Eve - Details of the last trains leaving London direct to key destinations will be available here when they are confirmed.

Social Media

For the latest rail travel news, why not follow National Rail Enquiries on Twitter? Over one million people follow @nationalrailenq on Twitter. Our social media team are available 24/7 over the bank holiday weekend to answer your rail queries and supply you with the latest real-time travel updates (except during Christmas Day). You can also follow #ChristmasRailWorks

Our Festive Travel Tips

  • PLEASE TRAVEL SAFELY: Keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus Travel Advice
  • 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 safe and comfortable journey.
  • Buy your ticket early: Please check our Buying Advance Tickets page frequently to see when tickets are available to buy.

And finally... a safety reminder

Please remember that the conductor rail and overhead wires remain 'live' even when trains aren't running during the bank holiday. Also Network Rail may run engineering or maintenance trains when there are no scheduled passenger services.

So it is NEVER safe to go on the tracks or trespass on the railway - please stay safe.

There is always someone you can talk to. You can contact the Samaritans on 116 123 from any phone for a confidential chat.

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Last updated:   16 November 2021