PASSENGERS are being asked to plan ahead as South Western Railway (SWR) prepares for the temporary easing of Covid-19 restrictions during the Christmas break.

With restrictions being eased between December 23-27, SWR says it is continuing to rollout 'enhanced cleaning regimes' to provide as many carriages as possible.

SWR chief operating officer Mike Houghton, said: "Working together with our customers, we want to make sure that every single one of our passengers can travel with confidence over the Christmas period.

"We’re working hard to provide enough capacity for our passengers to travel safely, but we also need our customers to follow some simple steps, such as planning ahead and wearing a face covering."

Engineering works are set to continue on some SWR routes during Christmas.

Upgrade work is scheduled at the Nine Elms Junction, between Clapham Junction and London Waterloo, with a reduced service from December 27-January 3.

Elsewhere on the SWR network there will be early closure of services on Christmas Eve and no services operating Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

Passengers are being urged to check before they travel over the Christmas period by visiting www.southwesternrailway.com/plan-my-journey before setting off.