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.
Important information: Network Rail expects to update online journey planners for the Christmas period in early November. Advance Purchase fares will be available then.
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
Tuesday 1 January
Making platforms longer between Hanborough and Pershore
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 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.
How will my journey be affected?
Here’s an overview of how our most popular routes will be affected by upgrade work this Christmas.
For specific journey information please use our online journey planners.
Important information: Network Rail expects to update online journey planners for the Christmas period in early November.
Dates of travel
December: Sunday 23, Monday 24
No direct trains to or from London Paddington
Use the limited South Western Railway service between London Waterloo and Reading
GWR trains run every two hours between Reading and stations in South Wales