East Coast will operate revised timetables on Friday, December 23, and Saturday,December 24.
As usual, no services will run on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. Revised timetables will then operate from Tuesday, December 27, until Monday, January 2, inclusive.
East Coast managing director Karen Boswell said: “We advise our customers to make reservations for travel on services during these peak holiday periods, to ensure a comfortable journey.”
East Coast services on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve will finish earlier than usual.
Passengers are advised that they can take up to three items of luggage per person onto the train with them – two large items (such as suitcases, weighing no more than 50kg, and no larger than 90cm x 70cm x 30 cm), plus one smaller piece of hand luggage. Between Saturday, December 17, and Monday, January 9, a luggage check-in service will be in operation at London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverley stations, for services departing between 9am and 4pm inclusive.
On-board East Coast trains, the normal cafe-bar service, offering drinks, snacks and hot and cold food, will be available throughout the festive season.
For customers travelling in First Class accommodation, the usual complimentary catering offer will be available up to and including Saturday, December 24, and from Wednesday, January 4.
For the period between Tuesday, December 27, and Tuesday, January 3, inclusive, a simplified complimentary catering offer will be available, including bacon sandwiches or porridge for breakfast on weekdays. The usual weekend complimentary offer will be available on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Full details of all Christmas and New Year East Coast train services, bookings and facilities for passengers are available online at www.eastcoast.co.uk (scroll down there for the timetable changes section), by telephone on 08457 225225, and from staffed stations and rail agents.