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UK Rail operating as normal over Christmas holidays

UK rail will operate normally over the Christmas holidays, with operators working together to keep up with demand and reduce disruption.
UK Rail operating as normal over Christmas holidays

UK rail will operate normally over the Christmas holidays, with operators working together to keep up with demand and reduce disruption.

In the run-up to Christmas, rail freight is working with freight operators and ports and will expand the network’s capacity for freight trains to deliver in-demand items such as food and beverages. 

In order to minimise disruption, train operators will perform scheduled engineering work from Thursday, December 23rd, 2021 to Tuesday, January 4th, 2022. The improvements and routine maintenance will typically be completed overnight, as well as on Christmas and Boxing Day. 

The biggest disruption is at Heathrow Airport with Heathrow Airport cut off from London rail and tube network over Christmas.

Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of Network Rail, said: “While some essential work is taking place to upgrade our railway over the festive period, we’ve worked hard with train operators to reduce the impact on passengers as far as possible so that they can spend time with their families and friends this Christmas. 

“I’d like to thank the thousands of rail workers who will be working to keep services running, and those delivering upgrades to improve our railway and bring more reliable journeys to passengers in future.” 

To check which lines are affected, go to the network rail update here, or follow #XMASRailWorks on Twitter. 

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