During 2019 we’ll run more services on key routes and many journey times will be faster. There will be more trains between London and Bristol, more capacity on long distance trains to the South West and the South Coast, and newer trains with more seats will be serving much of our network.
Network Rail is carrying out several projects this Christmas to help us deliver these improvements, so we need to make some changes to the way you travel with us.
Network map showing areas affected
London and Thames Valley area map
Sunday 23 to Wednesday 26, and Sunday 30 December
Renewal of a junction near Southall
Sunday 23 December to Thursday 3 January
Track renewals near Westbury
Tuesday 25 to Sunday 30 December
Bridge strengthening at Guildford
Tuesday 25 December to Tuesday 1 January
Electrification work through Severn Tunnel Junction station
Summary of dates when lines are affected by upgrade work:
Our travel advice
If you’re planning to get away for Christmas, we recommend you do so by Saturday 22 December.
This is before the rail improvement work starts, so there will be more trains to choose from and your journey won’t be affected by diverted services, additional changes or rail replacement coaches.
Check your return dates carefully, because upgrade work continues on some routes over the whole Christmas period and into the New Year.
On Sunday 30 December all of the upgrade work planned over Christmas will be in progress on this day, so you may want to choose an alternate date to travel instead.