Last minute Londoners urged to think ahead
Londoners are guilty of leaving their Christmas travel plans to the last minute more than anyone else in the country according to a poll by the UK’s largest coach operator, National Express.
12% admitted to travel being bottom of the ‘to do’ list when it comes to planning for Christmas, compared to the national average of just 6%.
Chris Hardy, National Express Coach Managing Director, commented: “We were surprised by the results. Typically, more than 50% of passengers book in the same week of their travel while around 20% book during the two weeks before.
“Our advice is to think further ahead, particularly given the significant rail disruption this year. It’s one less thing to think about at a busy time and you’re guaranteed to be where you want for Christmas.”
Travellers should bear in mind that there will be no rail services on Christmas or Boxing Day, engineering projects will be causing disruption on five of the seven mainline routes during the festive period and workers are planning a series of strikes.
This is particularly true for Londoners with disruptions including London Paddington being shut for four days and trains not running from London Bridge, Charing Cross, Waterloo East or Cannon Street for over a week.
National Express is running a full complement of services over the festive period including: Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. With 81 locations (10 more than last year) being served on Christmas Day itself and tens of thousands of seats available, it is its most comprehensive Christmas timetable ever.
To find the best value fares visit www.nationalexpress.com or call 0871 7818181 (calls to this number cost 13p/min plus your telephone company's access charge).
When asked ‘What do you usually leave to the last minute when it comes to planning for Christmas?’ our survey said...
- Food shopping was the highest response with 34% of people wanting to have the freshest possible ingredients for their Christmas dinner
- Traditional stereotypes ring true with more men (26%) than women (19%) leaving present shopping to the last minute
- Looking the part for the festive season takes priority with less than 10% saying they left putting up the Christmas tree or decorating the house to the last minute