3rd December 2022

Christmas Travel and Train Strikes

Rail Travel

Rail passengers face severe travel disruption over Christmas and the New Year as workers stage a series of 48-hour strikes in December and January in the long-running dispute over jobs, pay and conditions.

Over the coming weeks, strikes will be held across 48-hour periods on 13-14 and 16-17 December and 3-4 and 6-7 January – December 24 has now been added to the list.

Great Western Railway has said that on strike days, only a significantly reduced service will operate from Paddington on a limited number of routes and that some parts of the GWR network will have no service at all. Where services are running, they are expected to be extremely busy, and there won’t be any bus replacement services provided.

Click here for more GWR information. 

For general information about the strikes click here. 

Tube, Overground and Bus Travel 

Between Friday 23 December 2022 and Monday 2 January 2023, most of TfL services will be running. However, there will be service changes and planned works on the public transport and road networks.

Between Friday 23 December 2022 and Monday 2 January 2023, planned work, closures and service changes may affect your journey.

The only transport running on Christmas Day will be taxi and private hire services, Santander Cycles, coaches, Dial-a-Ride (for registered members only) and electric scooter rental trials in some London Boroughs.

Fore more detailed information on specific days click here. 


The Congestion Charge will not operate from Christmas Day (Sunday 25 December 2022) to Monday 2 January 2023 (inclusive)

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will not operate on Christmas Day (Sunday 25 December)

The Low Emission Zone (LEZ) operates every day of the year (including Christmas Day)

Travellers are advised to plan far in advance to guarantee arrival at their desired destinations.