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Christmas travel 2016

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Christmas can be a busy time for all of us, check out the information below to ensure you travel with ease on our trains over the festive period.

Secure your seat in advance 

Some of our trains are expected to be busy during the Christmas period. To ensure you have a reserved seat and be able to relax on your journey, book your tickets in advance online and we could even save you up to 70%* with CrossCountry Advance tickets.

Only bring luggage you can comfortably carry 

We have a limited amount of space on our trains to store luggage, so please be considerate of other passengers and only bring what you can comfortably carry. Soft bags and small cases are easier to stow. 

On our trains we have storage available:

  • Under the seat in front of you 
  • Above every seat in the overhead racks 
  • At the end of each coach for large luggage items 

Please visit our luggage page for more information. 

Be flexible with your travel on a quieter train

We have created a table  to quickly summarise how busy we expect our services to be over the Christmas period, by time of day in a simple 'traffic light' format. If you are flexible with your travel arrangements,  please use this information to select quieter services. If you are more restricted, please ensure you book in advance to reserve your seat.  

Expected for plenty of seats to be available
Expected for some seats to be available
Expected to be limited seats available on these trains, book your tickets in advance to secure yourself a seat  
No Service 
  04.00 - 07.59 08.00 - 10.59 11.00 - 13.59 14.00 - 16.59 17.00 - 19.59  20.00 - 23.59
Sat 17 Dec
Sun 18 Dec
Mon 19 Dec
Tues 20 Dec
Wed 21 Dec
Thurs 22 Dec
Fri 23 Dec
Sat 24 Dec
Tues 27 Dec
Wed 28 Dec
Thurs 29 Dec
Fri 30 Dec
Sat 31 Dec
Sun 01 Jan
Mon 02 Jan

Check engineering work to help plan your journey

Please see the map below for details on changes from Saturday 24 December 2016 - Monday 2 January 2016.

Please find a PDF version of the map here.

Journey care 

If you need extra assistance to help you with your journey, we offer our JourneyCare service. 

You can pre-book this service online when you buy your tickets on our website or you can call us on  0344 811 0125 (text phone users can call 0344 811 0126). So that we can arrange everything for you, please give us at least 24 hours notice before you travel (48 hours if booking online though CrossCountry trains).

 *Applies to CrossCountry journeys only. Average saving calculated by comparing Advance standard single ticket prices, purchased before the day of travel, for 4,892 CrossCountry journeys to the equivalent price of an Anytime standard single ticket. Advance fares are subject to availability, terms and conditions apply. 

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