Region’s roads, rail and airports ready as Christmas getaway begins with forecasters predicting mild but wet weather
PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 December 2012 | UPDATED: 09:56 20 December 2012
Travellers are set for a relatively smooth Christmas getaway with minimal work taking place on the region’s railways and roads.
Forecasters are also predicting mild weather, with no chance of snow, although heavy rain is likely to cause some flooding and slippery roads.
For the first time in five years there will no major engineering work taking place over the festive period.
Greater Anglia will end services early on Christmas Eve and no trains will run on Christmas Day or Boxing Day other than the Stansted Express.
On Thursday, December 27, a normal service will start again, but on Saturday, December 29, and Sunday, December 30, there will be some work to overhead lines which means journeys between Shenfield and London Liverpool Street will take up to 10 minutes longer.
Buses will replace early morning trains between Romford and Shenfield on Sunday, December 30.
On January 1, a revised service will operate on most routes. Timetable details are available from the Greater Anglia website.
Additional trains will run from London Liverpool Street to Enfield Town and Cheshunt via Southbury during the early hours of Tuesday, January 1.
Customers are advised to check train times when travelling over the Christmas period at www.greateranglia.co.uk
In London, tube drivers will strike on Boxing Day in a row over festive pay. The fall out means the Arsenal and West Ham match has been cancelled.
First Capital Connect services have also had problems in the run-up to Christmas. Until Friday, the 10.28pm King’s Lynn to London Kings Cross service is being replaced with a bus between Cambridge and Hitchin.
There are no reported delays on the roads with repair work on hold over Christmas, but some roads could be affected by flooding, with heavy rain expected next week.
Stansted expects 600,000 passengers to pass through the airport between this Friday and January 3, and is putting on extra flights. Norwich Airport said it was not predicting any problems over Christmas although it was running a reduced schedule.
Forecasters believe the region can expect a warm but wet Christmas.
Chris Bell from Weatherquest said: “It is going to be very wet. Flooding is not out of the question, particularly with the ground already saturated.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see some localised flooding.”
Temperatures are expected to hover above the average for this time of year getting up to 10 degrees Celsius.