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Thanks to fierce competition among coach companies, twenty million Britons who do not have a car and rely on public transportation can expect the most extensive Christmas Day travel options in decades.
On December 25th, there will be no trains running. Typically, there are very few trains operating on Boxing Day. However, one train operator has announced that they will provide their most extensive service on December 26th in the past 30 years.
The Independent noticed an increase in the amount of long-distance buses operating on Christmas Day. This aligns with the overall trend towards a society that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It also highlights the growing number of individuals, including travelers and transportation employees, for whom December 25th is not a highly significant day.
On Christmas Day, National Express will operate nearly 500 trips on 34 routes. The majority of these trips will be between central London and the city’s airports. There will be 50 round-trip journeys to and from Heathrow, and a similar number to Luton and Gatwick.
The coaches departing from Cambridge, Great Yarmouth, and Norwich will make a stop at London Stansted airport before arriving in London.
Starting on Christmas Day, there will be additional transportation options available for travelers between Scotland’s top two cities and London. Passengers will have a selection of three services departing from Glasgow and two from Edinburgh.
On Christmas Day, FlixBus will have a large network in Scotland, linking Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dunfermline, Sterling, and Perth. Service between London and Scotland, as well as from Bristol, Birmingham, and Manchester to Scotland, will also operate normally.
Coaches from various cities in England, including Liverpool, Sheffield, Bradford, Manchester, Nottingham, and Birmingham, will continue to operate their regular services to and from London. Additionally, a few services from Cambridge to London will also run as scheduled.
Airport services from the West of England and South Wales will operate to Heathrow and Gatwick airports. FlixBus will also have London-Paris routes departing and returning from Victoria Coach Station throughout the day. The usual Birmingham-London-Brussels route will also be running.
Megabus reports that on Christmas Day, they provide transportation options to their customers by offering over 7,000 miles of service to the majority of their destinations.
The entire network will be included on Boxing Day.
On December 26th, rail transportation is typically limited. However, in Scotland, travelers will have the most extensive selection of choices in the past 30 years due to ScotRail’s proposals.
In the past, only a few services were available on Boxing Day, mostly in Glasgow. However, on December 26, 2023, trains will also be operating to and from Perth, Dunblane and Glenrothes, and between Bathgate and Edinburgh.
Fiona Hyslop, Scotland’s transportation minister, urges individuals to opt for train travel for their holiday trips. She specifically recommends taking advantage of off-peak fares, which are available all day, every day.
On January 1, 2024, there will be no train services provided by ScotRail.
On Boxing Day, there will be a limited number of trains running in England.
The Independent has listed these choices:
- London Victoria-Gatwick Airport-Brighton plus some South London services (Southern)
- The route from Tottenham Hale to Stansted Airport is operated by Greater Anglia and also has connections to the London Underground.
- London Marylebone-Oxford Parkway (Chiltern)
- Clapham Junction-Stratford (London Overground)
Merseyrail is offering a “Special service” to certain stations, such as Aintree for the Boxing Day horse racing event.
Only a limited number of domestic flights will be in operation. These flights primarily serve as connections to international flights at London Heathrow.
British Airways is operating three flights each way between Edinburgh and Heathrow, and four each way serving Glasgow.