If you are one of millions hoping to take to the air, rail or roads in the next couple of days in the Christmas getaway, tuning in to social media is likely to be the best way to stay up to date with how things are moving.
Whether you are planning a holiday, trip abroad or just heading off for a family Christmas, the weather, strikes and the usual Christmas travel chaos can make the whole event very stressful. So here’s a few sites to keep an eye on to make sure your Christmas travel is as stress-free as possible.
Channel 4 News Weather Live Blog
Not a blog as we know it but more a feed updated minute-by-minute by various news sources using Twitter. There is Heathrow Airport, Eurostar, National Rail Enquiries and a host of airlines as well as updates from Channel 4 news themselves and the Met Offfice. If you want a one-stop shop this is probably your best point of call.
The “fourth emergency service” as they bill themselves have some tips and stats on travelling over the Christmas Getaway. Monday 20 December was the AA’s busiest day in their history due to the snow and ice, and with temperatures still not much warmer and 18 million cars estimated to be using our roads over the Christmas getaway, they are gearing up for another busy time, with over 20,000 call outs expected per day over the next couple of days.
Transport for London
In the capital, the weather, shoppers looking for a bargain and planned industrial action, look set to disrupt even the normal reduced ‘holiday’ service for London Underground. For the latest updates on how London’s transport network is operating, this should be your first port of call.
If you are travelling this Christmas, please make sure you do safely.