The great Christmas getaway has now started - and for those travelling around the country by train, there are the usual disruptions.

Greater Anglia's network starts winding down during the late afternoon on Sunday, Christmas Eve, with the last trains stopping at 10pm except for a few late-night Stansted Express trains from Liverpool Street.

There are no trains on Christmas Day or Boxing Day except for a few Stansted Express services on Boxing Day.

Trains start running again on December 27 - but services to and from London will be disrupted because Network Rail is building a new station near Chelmsford.

East Anglian Daily Times: Network Rail is building a new station at Beaulieu Park near Chelmsford.Network Rail is building a new station at Beaulieu Park near Chelmsford. (Image: Network Rail)

That means there will be substitute buses for part of journeys between Christmas and the New Year - adding up to an hour on journey times to and from London.

Cambridge station will also be closed with services from Ipswich to the city stopping at Bury St Edmunds with a bus service from there - services between Ipswich and Peterborough are unaffected except that they will also be stopping at Kennet station.

Special services will operate on New Year's Day and trains should return to normal on Tuesday, January 2. No industrial action is planned over the festive season.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia’s managing director, said: “While most of our services will be running between Christmas and New Year, there is major engineering work taking place on both main lines to and from London Liverpool Street from 25 December to 1 January inclusive.

“Network Rail’s programme of engineering work this Christmas is vital for improving and upgrading the infrastructure to enable Greater Anglia to continue operating a very punctual and reliable service in 2024.

"They are also progressing the key projects to provide new stations at Beaulieu Park, north of Chelmsford, and Cambridge South.

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the service alterations, and we urge passengers to check before they travel as some journeys may take longer than normal.”