Changes to train times


Christmas and New Year 2019/20 Travel Summary

Fewer people travel by rail over the Christmas and 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.

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.

There are no train services running on Christmas Day (Wednesday 25 December) and only a very limited number of services will be running on some routes on Boxing Day (Thursday 26 December).

Check your journey 

You can 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.

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

Major improvements to your railway this bank holiday

Network Rail will have a total of 20,560 railway staff delivering 386 improvement projects over the Christmas and New Year period.

The major improvement works to be undertaken during Christmas and into the New Year include the following:


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:



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

  • Going to or from the Airport? We have produced an Airport by Airport Guide if you are travelling to or from one of the four biggest GB airports over the festive period.

Travelling in London

  • Christmas Eve - Last trains leaving London direct to key destinations - Please click here

  • New Years Day - Special overnight trains to get you home from central London after celebrating the New Year are listed here.

  • 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.

And finally... a safety reminder

Please remember that the conductor rail and overhead wires remain 'live' even when trains aren't running. 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 to talk to. You can contact the Samaritans on 116 123 from any phone for a confidential chat.

Last updated:   18 December 2019