Christmas Rail Works

By Wesley Emmott

Travelling home for Christmas will prove stressful for many students this year, as several major routes in and out of London will be closed due to engineering works for ten days.

Lines from major stations such as Charing Cross, Waterloo East, Paddington, Cannon Street and London Bridge will be hit by this closure, which will last a total of 10 days from December 23 to New Year’s Day.

The Gatwick and Heathrow Express services will face temporary closures, either from timetable revisions or cancellations.

Many stations across the capital often served by Southeastern will not see this service, while all Thameslink services in London will be cancelled. Neither service will arrive at Cannon Street, Charing Cross and Waterloo East for the entirety of the ten days.

The few lines that are open, such as Waterloo and Victoria, will also get caught in the chaos.

The west coast main line from London to Glasgow is expected be severed entirely, meaning passengers travelling to Scotland will need to get a rail replacement bus service.

Last year, disruptions left many frustrated from the difficulty getting in and out of London, as East Croydon, a major stop between Brighton and London, saw cancellations and major delays.

National Rail has released a statement on their website saying:

We are making another significant investment to improve and grow the railway. The railway is open for business this Christmas. The vast majority of the network will be unaffected by engineering work.

If you have any family in London or on a route to London, Christmas travel will end up chaotic, crowded and tiring. Well, more than usual.

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