Guide prepare tickets early to keep away from Christmas chaos, rail passengers warned

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All passengers who want to visit their loved ones over Christmas are asked to book “as early as possible” to avoid travel chaos.

The London North Eastern Railway (LNER) issued the warning as it prepares to release its tickets for the festive season on Friday.

The operator, which runs trains between London King’s Cross and Scotland, expects its Christmas Eve services to end quickly.

It rides in its car at “significantly reduced” capacity to allow social distancing, and anyone who has not pre-booked tickets will be prevented from getting on.

King’s Cross Station will be closed for six days from Christmas as part of the £ 1.2 billion upgrade to the East Coast Main Line.

An LNER spokesman said, “We understand the disruption this technical work may be causing to the Christmas plans this year. We therefore urge our customers to plan and book their trip as early as possible. “

More than 2.2 million people typically take the train home between Christmas and New Years, many of them traveling to or through the capital.

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The King’s Cross Station will be closed from December 25th

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On Tuesday, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said people should consider not taking the train for Christmas.

He told BBC Breakfast: “We need to understand that the (rail) network has limitations, for example caused by the fact that some trains have to book tickets in advance at this time to avoid overcrowding.

“That is why we will ask people to look very carefully at the transport route they are taking and of course even to decide whether they will travel at all.”

Avanti West Coast, which operates trains on the West Coast Main Line, is releasing its Advance Fares in the coming days.

These cheaper tickets are usually available 12 weeks in advance, but their release has been delayed during the pandemic due to last-minute changes to the timetable.

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The rail and road bureau’s rail regulator said last month companies needed to do more to keep travelers informed.

Passengers planning to travel from Victoria were unable to book destinations such as Darlington, Durham and Newcastle during Christmas week.

Shadow’s Secretary of Transportation Jim McMahon said on the subject: “It is imperative that the government quickly draws up a fully elaborated transportation plan to ensure that our roads and trains, on which employees and passengers are safe and have the capacity lying on the street, there is no chaos on the Christmas trips. ” Rail network to meet demand. “

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