Rail disruption over Christmas and the New Year

Anyone planning on travelling by train this Christmas is being warned to check for disruption on a number of routes in London and the South East caused by planned engineering work.

A huge programme of rail improvements is being carried out Credit: Press Association

Thousands of passgeners will face line closures, reduced services and buses replacing trains over Christmas and the New Year. Here are the services affected:

GATWICK EXPRESS

  • All services cancelled from Christmas Day to the end of New Year's Day
  • The line runs from London's Victoria station to Gatwick Airport. The cancellations are because of engineering at Gatwick station, at Victoria and between Redhill and Purley.

FIRST GREAT WESTERN

  • Some trains will not run over the festive period, with bus replacement services operating on some routes
  • Engineering work is taking place between Paddington and Slough from December 27 to January 3
  • CrossCountry services are being disrupted between Reading and Basingstoke from December 27 to 30
  • Passengers will have to use buses instead of trains between Maidenhead and Marlow from December 27 to 29
  • Services will also be disrupted from December 29 to January 3 by engineering work between Reading and Didcot Parkway

HEATHROW EXPRESS

  • Some services disrupted from December 30 to January 1 by engineering work

SOUTHEASTERN TRAINS

  • No trains will run from or through Gravesend between December 22 and January 5
  • Buses will replace the Gravesend trains
  • The Gravesend work will also affect Southeastern's high-speed services

LONDON OVERGROUND

  • Buses will replace trains on parts of London Overground between December 23 and 27 due to engineering work between Surrey Quays and New Cross Gate/New Cross

SOUTH WEST TRAINS

  • Platforms 1-9 will be closed at Waterloo station from December 27 to 29, with disruptions to some services

CHILTERN TRAIN COMPANY

  • For the first time will runn some services on Boxing Day
  • Its trains will operate for around 12 hours, with the first train northbound from London to Bicester North at 8.15am and the last to Princes Risborough at 6.45pm
  • Southbound, the first train will run from High Wycombe to Marylebone station in London at 8.29am and the last will run from Bicester North to Marylebone at 6.57pm

LONDON UNDERGROUND

  • Track replacement work will take place at at Earl's Court throughout Christmas and New Year
  • There will also be part closures on the District and Jubilee lines between December 27 and 30
  • On the Northern Line on December 28 and 29, no service between Camden Town and Edgware. Buses operate instead.