Latest East Coast Christmas rail travel update DEC 23

East Coast will operate a near normal timetable between London King's Cross today (December 23) and on Christmas Eve.

On both days services are running as follows:

A broadly hourly service between Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds and London King's Cross

There will be no direct East Coast services to and from Glasgow

Both the 0655 Skipton to London King's Cross and 0728 Harrogate to London King's Cross services will start at Leeds. A number of Leeds to London King's Cross services have also been cancelled.

On Thursday 23 December only, the 18.30 London King's Cross to Newcastle service will also extend to Edinburgh to provide a later service and extra seats for people travelling to Scotland.

On Friday 24 December East Coast's last departures from London King's Cross will be:

18.00 to Edinburgh

19.00 to Newcastle

20.03 to Leeds

Our last service to London King's Cross will be:

15.00 from Edinburgh

16.55 from Newcastle

18.40 from Leeds

As usual, no services will run on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. Revised timetables will be in operation for 27 December onwards.

Some services may be subject to delay or cancellations and passengers are advised to check travel information before they set off on their journey via www.eastcoast.co.uk, www.nationalrail.co.uk, or by calling National Rail Enquiries 08457 48 49 50. Wherever possible, passengers should travel before 1000 or between 1515 and 1745.

Ticket restrictions have been lifted only on services departing King's Cross on Thursday 23 December. This is in addition to restrictions which have already been lifted for Friday 24 December.

East Coast Managing Director, Karen Boswell, said: "Our trains will be very busy over the next few days as people across the route travel home for Christmas or on holiday by train.

"Due to the extreme weather conditions being experienced throughout the country, and the subsequent problems encountered by domestic airlines, we are also expecting to see an even greater of number of passengers switch to East Coast train services to get them home for Christmas.

"Our staff are working extremely hard to ensure our passengers get to their final destination at this important time of year."

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