Paddington, Liverpool Street, Cannon Street, London Bridge and Charing Cross essentially closed for Christmas – full details here

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Rail passengers have been warned by the boss of Network Rail of severe disruption to travel over the Christmas period, with record levels of maintenance and work taking place for the third year running.

Preparations to complete both the Crossrail and Thameslink projects form part of the biggest ever programme of work undertaken by Network Rail. It will see Paddington, Liverpool Street and London Bridge all but closed for the festive period, and the cancellations of many services in and out of Waterloo, Cannon Street, and Charing Cross.

24,000 staff will start laying new track and installing signals from Christmas Eve onwards. £45m is being spent across the Christmas period linking new Crossrail tunnels together with the surface-level network. The first services on Crossrail will start in December 2018.

Details of the exact disruption can be found below:

Paddington service cancellations

Alterations to services that would have been to/from Paddington

Liverpool Street service cancellations

Alterations to Liverpool Street services

Charing Cross service cancellations

  • All lines closed from 24th-27th December.

London Bridge service cancellations

  • All lines closed from 24th-27th December.

Cannon street service cancellations

  • All services cancelled from 24th-27th December; with the exception of four trains per hour to and from Dartford, calling at Deptford.

Waterloo service cancellations

  • No direct service to Chessington South on 24th December. Services will start and end at Wimbledon. Find a lift to Chessington
  • No service to and from Dorking on 24th December. Find a lift to Dorking
  • No direct service to and from Guildford on 24th December. Services via Cobham and Stoke D’Abernon will start and end at Surbiton. Services via Epsom will start and end at Wimbledon. Find a lift to Guildford
  • No direct service to and from Hampton Court on 24th December. Services will start and end at Surbiton. Find a lift to Hampton Court
  • No direct service to Haslemere on 24th December. Services will start and end at Woking. Find a lift to Haslemere
  • No service to and from Salisbury on 24th December. Find a lift to Salisbury
  • No direct service to Poole on 24th December. Services will start and end at Basingstoke. Find a lift to Poole
  • No service to Weybridge via Hounslow on 24th December. Find a lift to Weybridge
  • All services after 8pm on 24th December are cancelled.

Alterations to Waterloo services

  • Services to and from Alton on 24th December will run to an amended timetable, and call additionally at Bentley. Find a lift to Alton
  • Services to and from Basingstoke on 24th December will additionally call at Clapham Junction, Wimbledon, and West Byfleet. Find a lift to Basingstoke
  • Services to and from Portsmouth Harbour on 24th December will have additional stops. Services via Guildford via call at Clapham Junction. Some services will additionally call at Farncombe, Godalming, Liphook, Liss, Bedhampton, and Hilsea. Find a lift to Portsmouth
  • Services to and from Weymouth on 24th December will additionally call at Clapham Junction, Surbiton, Woking, Farnborough and Basingstoke. Find a lift to Weymouth
  • Services to and from Woking on 24th December will run at a reduced timetable, and will additionally call at New Malden and Raynes Park. Find a lift to Woking.

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