Reindeer and an owl are being used to remind passengers of disruption over the Christmas period when an upgrade of Paddington station takes place.

The reindeer, called Bubble and Primo, will be joined by Percy the owl between 10am and 2pm as Christmas comes early to the station ahead of Network Rail’s biggest ever festive upgrade, which will see £103 million invested into the railway and up to 200 projects delivered over the holiday period.

The upgrade means there will be no train services in or out of London Paddington from 24 to 29 December, with a reduced timetable between 30 December and 2 January.

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Passengers arriving from the west will see services start and end at Ealing Broadway during the closure although retail units at the station will remain open, and London Underground and other Transport for London services will still run.

Network Rail say the upgrade is necessary as part of the Crossrail project.

Richard Griffiths, Network Rail’s head of communications for the Crossrail project said: "Successful completion of these Christmas works is not only vital to delivering the Crossrail project, but is an integral part of our Railway Upgrade Plan as we continue to enhance the capacity and reliability of our railway.

"However, we can’t carry out major upgrades to the railway while still running trains – and it is a simple fact that over the Christmas holidays, the number of passengers drops by up to 50% on key commuter routes.

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"This will mean changes to services over the festive period, so we strongly advise passengers to plan their journeys as early as possible".

The train station is set for more upgrades after the green light was given for Paddington to be transformed .

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The scheme, which will see a new 14-storey building nicknamed The Cube and a massive revamp of Paddington station .

A total of £65m will be invested into the Network Rail station, which will include a new Bakerloo Tube station , with other highlights featuring offices, restaurants and a piazza complete with £2m of public art.

The capital also continues to be blighted by transport issues with the Piccadilly line subject to severe delays and strikes which came into force this week .

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