Christmas and New Year Service Summary

Great Eastern Mainline and branch lines

Norwich, Ipswich, Clacton, Colchester and Braintree to London and branch lines.

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December – An early shutdown of all services will apply.
Christmas Day Friday 25 December – No services on these routes.
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December - No services on these routes.
Sunday 27 and Monday 28 December - Buses will replace trains between the following locations:

  • Ipswich and Stansted Airport; fast (change onto Greater Anglia Stansted Express services between Stansted Airport and London Liverpool Street).
  • Manningtree / Hythe / Colchester / Marks Tey / Kelvedon / Witham / Hatfield Peverel / Chelmsford / Ingatestone / Shenfield and Newbury Park Central Line tube station.
  • Braintree and Witham.
  • Sudbury and Marks Tey

Trains will operate between Clacton-on-Sea and Colchester Town, and between Walton-on-the-Naze and Colchester Town. Passengers should change at Hythe for connecting buses to Colchester and beyond. A shuttle train service will operate between Manningtree and Ipswich, and between Manningtree and Harwich Town. National Rail tickets will be accepted on TfL Central Line services between Newbury Park and Stratford/ London Liverpool Street. Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 December - A reduced service will operate on most routes. Buses will replace trains between the following locations:

  • Marks Tey and Ipswich (fast)
  • Marks Tey and Manningtree (via Colchester)
  • Marks Tey and Hythe (via Colchester)
  • Marks Tey and Sudbury.

Trains will operate between Colchester Town and Clacton-on-Sea, and between Colchester Town and Walton-on-Naze; connecting with buses at Hythe. A shuttle train service will operate between Manningtree and Ipswich, and between Manningtree and Harwich Town.

Friday 1, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 January - Buses will replace trains between the following locations:

  • Ipswich and Stansted Airport; fast (change onto Greater Anglia Stansted Express services between Stansted Airport and London Liverpool Street)
  • Manningtree / Hythe / Colchester / Marks Tey / Kelvedon / Witham / Hatfield Peverel / Chelmsford / Ingatestone / Shenfield and Newbury Park Central Line tube station
  • Braintree and Witham
  • Sudbury and Marks Tey

Trains will operate between Clacton-on-Sea and Colchester Town, and between Walton-on-the-Naze and Colchester Town. Passengers should change at Hythe for connecting buses to Colchester and beyond. A shuttle train service will operate between Manningtree and Ipswich, and between Manningtree and Harwich Town. National Rail tickets will be accepted on TfL Central Line services between Newbury Park and Stratford / London Liverpool Street.

Regional

Local services from Ipswich and Norwich.

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December – An early shutdown of all services will apply.
Christmas Day Friday 25 December – No services on these routes.
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December - No services on these routes.
Sunday 27 and Monday 28 December - Buses will replace trains between Norwich and Great Yarmouth and between Norwich and Lowestoft
Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 December – Normal service.
Friday 1 January 2021 – Buses will replace trains between Norwich and Great Yarmouth and between Norwich and Lowestoft all day. A Sunday level of service will operate on all other local routes out of Norwich and Ipswich.
Saturday 2 January 2021 – Normal service.

Southend

Southend Victoria, Southminster and Shenfield to London.

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December – An early shutdown of all services will apply.
Christmas Day Friday 25 December – No services on these routes.
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December - No services on these routes.
Sunday 27, Monday 28 December, Friday 1, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 January - Southend Victoria services will operate between Southend Victoria and Shenfield only, with buses replacing trains between Shenfield and Newbury Park TfL Central Line tube station. National Rail tickets to/from London will be accepted on the TfL Central Line between Newbury Park TfL Central Line tube station and Stratford/ London Liverpool Street. A shuttle train service will operate between Wickford and Southminster.
Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 December - A half-hourly train service will operate between Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria, calling at Stratford, Shenfield and all-stations to Southend Victoria.
A further four Mainline trains per hour will operate between Liverpool Street and Shenfield (and beyond), also calling at Stratford. An hourly shuttle train service will operate between Wickford and Southminster.

West Anglia

Cambridge, Stansted Airport, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertford East to London.

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December – An early shutdown of all services will apply.
No trains will operate after approximately 22.30, except for Stansted Express services.
The last Stansted Express services planned to operate are: 23.25 Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport. 23.59 Stansted Airport to Liverpool Street.
Christmas Day Friday 25 December – No services on these routes.
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December - No services except for a limited Stansted Express service. Stansted Express services can only operate between Tottenham Hale and Stansted Airport half-hourly. Passengers should use TfL Victoria Line underground services between Tottenham Hale and Central London.
Sunday 27 December - Stratford to Meridian Water services will be reduced in frequency to hourly. All other services operate as normal.
Monday 28, Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 December - A Saturday style timetable will be in operation. Some early morning and late evening West Anglia services will be diverted via the Hackney Downs route to/from Liverpool Street.
Friday 1 January 2021 - A Sunday-style timetable is planned to operate on this day.
Stratford to Meridian Water services will be reduced in frequency to hourly.
Saturday 2 January - Some early morning and late evening West Anglia services will be diverted via the Hackney Downs route to/from Liverpool Street.
Sunday 3 January - Stratford to Meridian Water services will be reduced in frequency to hourly.

For revised timetables and journey planning tools, view our service alterations.