Driving home for Christmas – London hit by rail closures

Those travelling to and from London over the Christmas period could be better off driving, as it has been announced that there will be multiple rail closures over the festive period.

According to londonist.com, Network Rail has confirmed that major routes including those going to Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester Airport will all be disrupted by a series of engineering works which are set to take place between Christmas day to New Years day.

A replacement bus service will be running in place of some of the routes that are due to be closed, but this is not the case for all of them. It has been advised that those travelling over this time should check the services they have planned on using, ensuring that they are still fully operational.

Michael Roberts, director general of rail industry body the Rail Delivery Group, told bbc.co.uk that passengers will ultimately benefit from the improvements that are due to take place during the end of December.

Mr Roberts said: “A great deal of care goes into minimising the impact of this vital work and to keep people on trains wherever possible. By planning ahead, the vast majority of passengers travelling by rail over the festive period can expect to travel without disruption.”