Full list of major stations closed due to rail works this Christmas plunging Brits into getaway chaos | The Sun

BRITS are bracing for travel chaos this weekend as thousands rush home for Christmas.

With many stations closed for maintenance on the run-up to the big day, mayhem could be in store for those due to travel.

To make matters worse the Met Office has warned that Storm Pia could also wreak havoc on Brits' Christmas travel plans.

The weather alert warns: "Strong winds across a large swathe of the country Thursday, causing some travel disruption."

It adds: "Some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer.

"Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport expected."

With no trains – or buses – running on Christmas Day, this means people will need to travel before the big day.

Here we take a look at all of the stations that will be closed…


London Kings Cross station will have major improvement work taking place on Christmas Eve, Sunday December 24.

This will affect journeys on the East Coast Main Line between London and Edinburgh, Leeds, Newcastle, York, Peterborough plus many other stations.

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London Paddington station will have major improvement work taking place between Christmas Eve, Sunday December 24, and Wednesday December 27.

This will affect journeys to and from South Wales, Bristol, the West Country and Heathrow Airport.


Heathrow Airport will have no direct National Rail services to or from central London between Sunday, December 24, and Wednesday,December 27.

Elizabeth line will run between Ealing Broadway and Heathrow Airport on December 24 and 27 only.

Travellers should use London Underground connections between central London and Ealing Broadway / Heathrow Airport.

Heathrow Express will not operate at all on any of those days.


London Victoria station will have no Southeastern services between Saturday, December 23,and Monday, January 1, 2024.

Southeastern trains will use alternative London terminal stations.


While there is no planned works on these lines – there will still be no services on Christmas Day.

The Tube will run a reduced service from 8pm on Christmas Eve while most overground lines will finish at 9.30pm.

On Boxing Day, services begin again from 7am.


The AA has predicted that Friday 22 and Saturday 23 will be the two busiest days for motorists zooming home to spend Christmas with loved ones.

An estimated 16.1 million cars will hit the road on December 22 and 16.4 million on December 23. 

The M25, the M5 between Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare and the M6 around Birmingham were identified as motorway stretches where bumper-to-bumper conditions are likely.

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Long delays are also anticipated on the M1 from Luton northwards, the M60 and M62 in north-west England, the M4 which runs between west London and south-west Wales, and the M27 in Hampshire.

To avoid the chances of a breakdown, AA president Edmund King recommended people carry out vehicle checks before setting off, such as on tyres, fuel, oil, coolant and screen wash.

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