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17th January 2020

Christmas trains


Rail passengers are reminded to check before they travel this Christmas and New Year so they’re aware of earlier last train times on Christmas Eve and timetable changes due to bank holidays and engineering works.

Revised timetables are available in the “service alterations” section of the Greater Anglia website, or on the Greater Anglia app or Twitter.

Most routes on the Greater Anglia network are free of engineering works over the Christmas period, with many services operating normally or with only minor changes on the working days between Christmas and New Year.

However, passengers are advised to check before they travel as some engineering work will still be taking place – in particular at Colchester and Shenfield on the Norwich – London mainline, and on the Southend – London Liverpool Street line (see notes to editors for details).

On Christmas Eve, the last services of the day will be earlier than usual, finishing by approximately 22.00.

Last trains on Christmas Eve are earlier than the usual Tuesday timetable. The last trains from London Liverpool Street are the 20.30 to Norwich, 21.27 to Ipswich, 21.27 to Colchester, 21.13 to Southend Victoria (calling all-stations), 21.45 to Southend Victoria (calling at Stratford and Shenfield only) and 21.28 to Cambridge.

There will be no service on Christmas Day and only a revised Stansted Express service on Boxing Day.

On New Year’s Eve, the normal scheduled service will operate.

Bank holiday timetables will be in place on New Year’s Day.

A normal service will resume on Thursday 2 January.

Mark Budden, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said, “Most of the railway network is open over Christmas, but some routes will be closed for engineering works so we can provide a safe and reliable railway for passengers. For those wishing to travel over the festive period, my advice is to plan ahead and check with their train operator or National Rail Enquiries, for the latest travel information.”

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia Managing Director said, “We’re pleased that most of our services will be running between Christmas and New Year but if there is engineering works on your journey, we will make sure you still get to your destination, even if part of your travel is by bus. Since the railway tends to be much quieter over this period, Network Rail also use it to carry out essential upgrade work that will help to improve services for passengers.”

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