Christmas travel chaos warning as most of rail network set to shut on Boxing Day

Brits face travel misery this Christmas as millions rush home – with most of the rail network closed on Boxing Day.

A frantic scramble is expected to take place as families race home on the Christmas bubble deadline.

Across the UK, coronavirus restrictions will be relaxed between December 23 an 27 so up to three households can form a bubble.

But it is set to spark a mad dash on the travel network as passengers jump on trains to get home for the festive period.

And most of Britain’s railway network will be shut on December 27, creating even more chaos for desperate travellers.

There will already be a reduced service in place as it falls on a Sunday, the Sun reports.

Cities across the country including Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield face disruption from the closures.

LNER, Great Western Railway, London Northwest and East Midlands are among the lines which are expected to be shut.

Avanti West Coast, Cross Country, Greater Anglia and Transpennine Express are also set to be closed.

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Lines such as Southern, London Overground and ScotRail are also due to be running reduced services.

Ministers have vowed to increase the options available to people travelling home over the festive period.

The Government warned journeys during the Christmas period could be longer and busier than usual.

Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy has been appointed Christmas travel tsar to oversee transport plans.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps insisted engineering upgrades have been scheduled for years.

He warned delaying them would create problems.

Christmas coach services will be boosted with £3million of Government funding, he also announced.

This support will allow coach timetables to be expanded across Britain during the five-day travel window.

The Department for Transport said its funding will enable firms such as National Express and Megabus to ramp up their networks to 75% of normal levels, making 80,000 more seats available over the festive period.

Mr Shapps said: "We’re working with transport operators to help people see their loved ones, safely.

"We ask everyone to closely consider their journey, plan and book ahead, be patient, and be considerate of fellow passengers – and particularly staff who have worked so hard all year – by following the guidance carefully, including keeping space and wearing a face covering on public transport."

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