While hundreds of hardy engineers supervise essential rail maintenance on Christmas Day, highway engineers will be hoping for an uninterrupted day at home.
The Highways Agency said this week that it was suspending all roadworks on motorways and trunk roads in England over Christmas to 'benefit motorists travelling during the holidays'.
A spokesman said: 'For safety reasons traffic management procedures and speed restrictions will remain at some locations and contractors on these projects will have to carry out daily inspections.'
Many staff are on standby, however, in case of an accident on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. In the 20 Agency areas covered by 21 term contractors staff are standing by to carry out winter maintenance such as the gritting of roads. A spokesperson said: 'Our managing agents have nominated officers on standby to deal with emergencies. They will contact the relevant Agency officials for guidance on handling any unforeseen events.'
Elsewhere in the UK, Environment Agency flood engineers are expected to be doing emergency works at flood hot spots and coastal defences in anticipation of more bad weather over the Christmas period.
Engineers at London Underground and Channel Tunnel Rail Link are expected to be putting their feet up this Christmas.