UK travel: Disruptions clear with some road, rail and Tube closures after Christmas chaos

Network Rail is currently investigating yesterday's overcrowding

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After yesterday’s travel misery – which saw station closures causing passengers being stranded during the post-Christmas period – today is expected to run a lot smoother however with a few spanners in the works.

Thousands of travellers were locked out of overcrowded Finsbury Park rail station on Saturday after the nearby hub of King’s Cross and St Pancras was shut down as Network Rail failed to complete repairs on-time.

Services in and out of King’s Cross are now running, however rail journeys to and from Paddington are currently experiencing delays of up to 15 minutes until later this morning. Service disruptions at other rail stations across the UK have been cleared however it is advised to check departure boards before travelling.


Leeds Bradford and Liverpool airports have reopened after snow forced them to close and divert some of their incoming planes from Boxing Day, however with a few delays to the short-haul flights.

In London, the Circle line is partly closed between Edgware Road and Aldgate with the District line also shut down between Edgware Road, Ealing Common, Richmond, Wimbledon and Embankment until 30 December.

Those venturing into central London for weekend shopping and sightseeing should note that the Jubilee line between Finchley Road and Waterloo is also closed until Tuesday, when tunnelling work is expected to be completed.

A rail replacement bus service is in operation for the London Overground which is closed only up until today from Surrey Quays to Wandsworth Road, Crystal Palace and West Croydon.

The Overground in the north east of the capital will also be out of service from South Tottenham to Barking.

Drivers should be aware of potential snow and ice on the roads over the next few days, especially in the Midlands and the North for which the Met Office has issued a severe cold weather warning. Night-time frosts and lower daytime temperatures could form dangerous driving conditions, especially if roads have not been gritted.

In Brighton the A259 between Marina Way junction and Park Road junction is closed both ways due to ice. The same road in Newhaven between South Way junction and Links Avenue junction is closed due to an accident also caused by icy conditions.

The A621 in Sheffield is closed in both directions between Springfield Road and Knaresboro Road due to a fallen tree, while the A6024 in High Peak, Derbyshire, is closed both ways from Holmfirth Turn Off because of snow and ice.