11:27AM, Monday 12 December 2016
Two reindeer are at London Paddington today (Monday) – to ‘remind people to plan their journey over the festive period’.
Network Rail has said it will undertake its ‘biggest ever festive upgrade’ as £103million is invested in the railway and up to 200 projects are delivered over the holiday period.
The upgrades will mean there will be no train services in or out of London Paddington between December 24-29, and a reduced timetable from December 30 to January 2.
Passengers arriving from the west will see services start and end at Ealing Broadway during the closure but the underground, shops and other transport services will still run out of Paddington.
Reindeer Bubble and Primo have been joined by Percy the owl from 10am to 2pm at the station today, which Network Rail said was to remind commuters and shoppers of the works.
Richard Griffiths, Network Rail’s head of communications for the Crossrail project, said: “Successful completion of these Christmas works is not only vital to delivering the Crossrail project, but is an integral part of our Railway Upgrade Plan as we continue to enhance the capacity and reliability of our railway.
However, we can't carry out major upgrades to the railway while still running trains – and it is a simple fact that over the Christmas holidays, the number of passengers drops by up to 50 per cent on key commuter routes.
This will mean changes to services over the festive period, so we strongly advise passengers to plan their journeys as early as possible."
Visit nationalrail.co.uk/Christmas for more information.
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