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Engineering work on the UK's rail network will take place over the Easter weekend Getty Images

Millions of people will hit Britain's roads, trains and airports over the four-day Bank Holiday weekend in one of the busiest Easter holiday getaways in history. Good Friday is set to be the busiest day for travel as the majority of schools will not break up until Thursday, as a result of Easter falling so late.

Which Transport for London (TfL) services are closed?

If you're travelling in London over the Easter period, closures include:

  • The District line between Aldgate East and Dagenham East
  • The Hammersmith & City line between Liverpool Street and Barking
  • The Metropolitan line between Moor Park, Amersham and Chesham
  • Overground services between Camden Road and Stratford, Sydenham and Crystal Palace, Romford and Upminster, Highbury & Islington and Shadwell, Gospel Oak to Barking, as well as between Highbury & Islington and Clapham Junction and New Cross Gate
  • TfL Rail
  • Tram services between Reeves Corner and East Croydon

What about travel to airports?

For those travelling to Gatwick airport from Friday 25 to Monday 28 March, there are no train services between Gatwick and London Victoria, but you can catch Southern services from London Bridge or Thameslink services from Blackfriars instead. Overnight trains between London Gatwick and Victoria will be replaced by buses.

For those travelling to Heathrow airport from Friday 25 to Monday 28 March, the Heathrow Connect and Heathrow Express services will run fewer trains per hour than normal.

There is a normal service to Stansted airport.

British Airways, Norwegian, Cathay Pacific, WestJet and Thomson will serve Gatwick’s 20 extra routes
There is no Gatwick Express service from Good Friday to Easter Monday Reuters

What about rail travel?

There is no Southern Railway services from Victoria and a reduced Southern service across the rest of the network. There is also a reduced service on the Brighton main line. Engineering work will continue at London Bridge and Cannon Street Station will be closed on Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday.

Liverpool Street services will be affected over the weekend by the renewal of overhead power lines and work on Crossrail on Great Eastern main line near Brentwood and Gidea Park.

On Good Friday, Virgin Trains East Coast will run an hourly service between London Kings Cross and Leeds, with some London Kings Cross to Newcastle services extending to start/terminate at Edinburgh. An amended service will run on Saturday and Easter Day and an hourly service will run between London Kings Cross and Leeds on Easter Monday.

You can check your journey using National Rail's online journey planner. Below is an overview of the services that each rail company will be providing over the Easter break. The full list of service disruptions is available online here.

Which roads will be busy?

Highways England has said more than 450 miles of major roadworks will be lifted over the four-day Easter break to make journeys easier for those travelling. However, roads into and around London will be extremely congested over the weekend, particularly the M25, the M1 and the A1.

You can check the traffic and latest travel updates for your journey here.