Published on : Monday, December 12, 2016
The furry friends called Bubble and Primo along with Percy the owl, will be meeting and greeting passengers and posing for pictures at lunchtime on Monday, with station retailers handing out goodies to spread some festive cheer throughout the day.
The event is being hosted by Network Rail and train operator Great Western Railway (GWR), to remind passengers to plan their journeys this Christmas ahead of another huge programme of upgrade work.
Up to 200 projects will be delivered across Britain over this holiday period including major upgrades to the rail network as part of the Crossrail project. This means there will be no overground services in or out of London Paddington from the early hours of Christmas Eve to 29 December, including services to Heathrow Airport. Instead, trains will start and end at Ealing Broadway. There will also be a reduced timetable in place between 30 December and 2 January.
Phil Hufton, managing director England & Wales at Network Rail, 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.
“Larger pieces of work are planned for bank holidays as they are generally quieter periods with up to 50% fewer passengers travelling by rail. This will mean changes to services over the festive period, so we strongly advise passengers to plan their journeys as early as possible.”
GWR Paddington Station Manager Dave Martin said: “These improvement works will increase capacity and connectivity in London and the Thames Valley, and on the wider Great Western network. New trains are already in operation on some GWR routes and more are on their way during the course of 2017 and 2018 – delivering more seats and more frequent services.
“We have worked closely with our colleagues at Network Rail to keep disruption to a minimum; however we urge customers to travel early and to note that we will not be able to run trains between London Paddington and Ealing Broadway for four days from and including Christmas Eve. We strongly advise customers with luggage, children or who require assisted travel, to use either London Marylebone, Euston or Waterloo.”