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Christmas and New Year

Details of planned improvement work on the Southern network and how it will affect services.

Major route improvement work affecting Southern services over the Christmas and New Year period

Please plan ahead if you are travelling between 23 December 2017 and 1 January 2018 as improvement work as well as the normal service alterations over this period will mean that services on most routes will be amended.

Overview of service alterations

Christmas Eve

Services will shut down early from approximately 20:00 on Sunday 24 December. Please check your last trains carefully before you travel.

Christmas Day and Boxing Day

No train service on Gatwick Express, Southern or Thameslink on Monday 25 or Tuesday 26 December. On 26 December, a limited bus service will operate on the following routes:

  • Between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport (non-stop) every 30 minutes between 05:00 and 23:00
  • Between London Victoria to East Croydon calling at all stations via Selhurst every 30 minutes between 08:00 and 22:00
  • Between Gatwick Airport and Brighton calling at Haywards Heath only every 30 minutes between 08:00 and 22:00
  • Southern and Thameslink tickets will also be accepted on local bus routes between East Croydon, West Croydon, Waddon, Wallington, Carlshalton Beeches and Sutton.

Please allow extra time for your journey and seek alternative routes if possible. Queuing systems will be in place and you may not be able to board the first bus if space is not available.

New Year’s Day

Services will operate in the early hours of the morning of Monday 1 January on the following Southern and Thameslink routes:

  • London Bridge and Sutton via Mitcham Junction
  • London St Pancras International and St Albans
  • London Bridge and Three Bridges via Gatwick Airport
  • London Victoria and East Croydon via Selhurst

For the remainder of the day a Sunday service will operate.

London Bridge: 23 December to 1 January

From Saturday 23 December to Monday 1 January inclusive, there will be significant alterations to Southeastern services with many London stations not served by their trains. Full details will be available on the Southeastern website and Southern and Thameslink services to and from London Bridge and London Blackfriars will be busier. There will also be no Southern or Thameslink service to or from London Bridge from start of service until approx. 11:00 on Saturday 23 December and tickets will be accepted on Tube and bus services. Full details of these alterations are available on the Thameslink website.

Southampton: 24 December to 1 January

From Sunday 24 December to Monday 1 January inclusive, Southern services to/from Southampton Central will be diverted to Portsmouth & Southsea. Customers for stations between Cosham and Southampton should change at Fratton and use Great Western Railway and South Western Railway services to complete their journey. Buses will replace all trains between Woolston and Southampton Central, but rail connections will be available via Eastleigh. Between 09:00 and 19:00 on the working days (Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 December) a limited Southern train service will operate to/from Fareham and Woolston.

No service at Redhill: 23 December to 1 January

From Saturday 23 December to Monday 1 January inclusive, there will be no train service at Coulsdon South, Merstham, Redhill, Reigate, Earlswood or at stations between Redhill and Tonbridge. Buses will serve these stations and journey times considerably extended. Services between London, Gatwick and the coast will continue to operate, but to a reduced frequency. Great Western Railway services will not operate between Reigate and Gatwick.

No Thameslink cross-London services: 23 December to 1 January

From Saturday 23 December to Monday 1 January inclusive, there will be no Thameslink cross London service. Please use the tube and London buses to complete your journey. Full details of these alterations are available on the Thameslink website

Planning my journey

Full details of train and rail replacement bus services will be included in on-line journey planners from the beginning of October and you should use these to plan your specific journeys. Information is included in the ‘Buy tickets’ functionality on this website or by visiting and using the journey planner.

During the Thameslink cross London closure, it may be easier for you to use local bus or Tube services. Please use the journey planner at to plan these journeys. For details of ticket acceptance on Tube and London bus services when Thameslink cross London services are suspended, please check the Thameslink website.