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National Express is planning to run more coaches than ever before this Christmas - including on Christmas Day when no trains are running – so that as many passengers who still want to travel, can.

While large parts of the rail network are impacted by engineering works throughout December and right into New Year, National Express is providing festive travellers, including those to the major airports, with a direct solution.

The UK’s largest coach operator has the festive season all wrapped up ensuring people can travel right through December - even on Christmas Day when the rail network traditionally shuts shop.

National Express is delivering its biggest Christmas yet by more than doubling the number of Christmas Day coaches connecting towns, cities and the major airports, right across the UK.

For the first time ever on December 25 National Express will be serving Stansted Airport, as well as Heathrow and Gatwick, in addition to an extra 19 towns and cities from Edinburgh to right down to Portsmouth.

And, on Boxing Day when trains are traditionally still out-of-action, National Express is running a near-normal service.

Rail disruption summary this holiday season

Gatwick Express is affected from December 26 to January 3, with some passengers facing almost an hour and a half added to journey times and up to three changes. Routes between Gatwick, London, Heathrow and Brighton will be impacted.

Heathrow Express trains will not be running from the evening of December 24 to December 28.

Great Western Railway affected from December 24 to January 3, with some passengers facing a reduced service, longer journey times of up to an hour and ten minutes and up to three changes. Areas affected include Cardiff, Bath, Exeter, Swansea and Reading to London and Heathrow.

South Coast Railway affected from December 27 to January 1, with some passengers facing up to an extra 50 minutes on top of their journey and up to three changes. Areas affected include routes from Bournemouth, Poole and Southampton to London, Heathrow and Gatwick.

Services operated by Abellio Greater Anglia are affected from December 27 to January 3. Services between London Liverpool Street and Ingatestone will be affected, impacting on departures from Ipswich, Colchester and Norwich to London, Heathrow and Gatwick. Passengers will face up to three changes and delays of up to an hour.

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