Christmas travel 2019

To support our new timetable, Network Rail will be working on several projects this Christmas, meaning we need to make some changes to the way you travel with us.

It’s best to travel by Monday 23 December, before the programme of planned engineering work gets underway.

Industrial action will affect journeys between Reading and London Waterloo, and South Western Railway will be running a half-hourly service; not every 15 minutes as previously advertised.

Find out more about our new timetable here.

What’s happening?

London Paddington

Tuesday 24 to Friday 27 December

  • track and overhead wiring work in the Southall area
  • trains won’t run between London Paddington and Slough/Reading
  • alternative routes to/from London will be available using other operators
  • no GWR services will run on Wednesday 25 or Thursday 26 December

Saturday 28 to Tuesday 31 December

  • further track work between London Paddington and Reading
  • reduced service running between London Paddington and Slough/Reading

South Wales

Friday 27 December to Wednesday 1 January

  • track work in the Newport area
  • overhead wiring work at Cardiff Central
  • coaches will be used between Bristol Parkway and Cardiff Central or Bridgend


Friday 27 to Tuesday 31 December

  • bridge work at Guildford
  • coaches will be used between North Camp, Guildford, Redhill and Gatwick Airport


Friday 27 December

  • bridge work in the Salisbury area
  • coaches will be used between Southampton Central and Warminster

Travel advice

The programme of upgrade work starts on Tuesday 24 December and normal train services will resume on Thursday 2 January.

Please note, the RMT has announced its members will be taking strike action during this period affecting South Western Railway services, so please check before travelling.

For a more detailed breakdown of the impact on train services for each day click on the links below:

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