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  • Plan ahead if you're travelling with Southern or Thameslink this August
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    Network Rail are carrying out major improvement work at London Waterloo. As a result of this, there will be a severely reduced South Western Railway service on many routes. This will increase passenger numbers on many Southern and Thameslink routes and may change the route we recommend you take for your journey. If possible, you are advised to avoid travelling at peak times and to allow longer for your journey.

    Southern services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria during the evening peak.
    There will be a reduced number of services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria between 16:00 and 20:00 on weekdays as certain services will not call at Clapham Junction to prevent overcrowding at the station. In general, only Mainline services (those that normally run non-stop between East Croydon and Clapham Junction) will be affected and Metro services will call as normal.

    Many Southern and Thameslink services will be busier
    With the significant reduction in South Western Railway services. The following routes are expected to be considerably busier than usual as passengers who usually use London Waterloo seek alternative routes:

    • Thameslink or Southern services between Wimbledon and London via Tulse Hill
    • Southern services between Southampton and Portsmouth to London
    • Southern services between Dorking / Guildford and London via Epsom / Sutton

     

    All Southern and Thameslink services to and from London are expected to be busier than usual. You are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to avoid travelling at peak times where possible. Queuing systems will be in place at some locations.

    Clapham Junction station
    It may be necessary to restrict access at Clapham Junction and you may have to queue to enter the station or to board connecting services. You are strongly advised to travel outside peak times from this station. If interchanging please consider alternative routes.

    You are strongly advised to avoid interchanging at Clapham Junction. South Western Railway services at this station will be very limited so journeys may be considerably extended. Queuing systems are expected to be in place even if you aren't interchanging with South Western Railway services.

    There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

    Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for services to London Waterloo (and vice versa)
    Please consider travelling on services to London Bridge and changing for Southeastern services to/from Waterloo East*. Alternatively, use Thameslink services to Blackfriars which is a short walk from London Bridge. *Please note that there will be no Southeastern service at London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or Charing Cross from 26 August until 2 September due to major route improvement work.

    Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for South Western Railway services away from London or for London Overground services
    Services on all South Western Railway routes from Clapham Junction (including those away from London) will be reduced and interchange with London Overground services at Clapham Junction will take longer.

    There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

    How to plan a journey and get fares so that you avoid Clapham Junction
    To plan your journey to avoid Clapham Junction, visit nationalrail.co.uk and use the journey planner. Fill in the details of your journey and click on 'more options, railcards and people'. In this section, under 'Route', choose the option 'Do not change at Clapham Junction' to see suggested routes and fares.

    Plan ahead and check back before you travel

    You should plan your route well in advance by using the journey planner, noting bulletins (an exclamation mark in a triangle) attached to affected services which will advise of any alternative, less busy and easier routes. See above for tips on how to plan a journey that avoids changing at Clapham Junction. If you plan to interchange other operators affected by this work, visit the dedicated pages on their website for more information:

     

    Check before you travel:
    Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

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    Compensation:
    You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

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    Last updated: 05:28

  • Major improvement work affecting South Western Railway until Monday 28 August
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    Until Monday 28 August at London Waterloo, platforms 1-10 will be closed so work can start to extend platforms for longer trains, providing more space for more customers.

    Although the number of customers travelling in August is lower than any other time of the year, customers should expect:

    • Severe disruption
    • Extremely busy trains
    • Queues at many stations
    • Some journey times will be extended.

    The following stations will be closed for some or all of the time:

    • Chessington South
    • Chessington North
    • Earlsfield (weekdays only until 10:00 and between 16:30 and 19:30)
    • Malden Manor
    • Norbiton
    • Queenstown Road
    • Tolworth
    • Vauxhall (will be partially closed as platforms 7 and 8 will be closed and a large number of trains will no longer call there)

    For more information, including travel advice, ticket acceptance and additional information, please visit the South Western Railway website.

    If you do have to travel during this time, you are strongly advised to plan ahead and avoid the following times:

    • Vauxhall - 07:30 to 08:45
    • Clapham Junction - 06:45 to 09:30
    • Surbiton - 07:30 - 09:00
    • London Waterloo - 17:00 to 18:45
    • Vauxhall - 17:30 to 18:30
    • Clapham Junction - 17:00 - 19:30
    • Wimbledon - 17:00 to 19:00

    August Bank Holiday weekend

    From Friday 25 to Monday 28 August, there will be additional engineering work at London Waterloo and platforms 10 to 14 will be closed. This will further reduce the number of trains that will run right across the network, but the impact will be more significant closer to London.

    There will be changes to your journeys but South Western Railway and Network Rail are doing everything possible to reduce the inconvenience and make your journey as smooth as possible. This will include:

    • Running longer trains throughout the day to provide more space and help you travel outside of the busiest times
    • Temporarily open platforms 20 to 24 (the former London Waterloo International Terminal) to reduce some of the impact of closing platforms 1 to 9
    • Work round the clock to finish the works as quickly as possible
       

    Customer Advice:

    • Consider travelling from a different station or via an alternative route where there may be a more frequent service.
    • Travel slightly earlier or later than normal. The busiest trains arrive into London between 08:00 and 09:00 and leave London between 17.30 and 18:30.
    • If you are able to do so, you might want to consider working from home or taking a holiday during some or all of this time.

     

    Because fewer South Western Railway services will be running throughout this period, some Southern and Thameslink services are expected to be busier. You can find more information on this here. 

    Images showing the progression of the upgrade work being carried out can be found here.

    Check before you travel:
    Please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.

    Twitter:
    If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #SWupgrade

    Compensation:
    You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.

    Feedback:
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    Last updated: 00:31

Engineering work for Today

Buses replace trains between Streatham Hill and Norwood Junction on Sunday 20 August

Date:
19 August 11:00 PM - 20 August 2017 10:59 PM

Routes affected:
Thameslink between Bedford and Brighton Southern between London Victoria and Sutton and London Bridge and West Croydon

Network Rail is carrying out engineering work between Streatham Hill and Norwood Junction closing some lines

Southern trains are replaced by buses between Streatham Hill and West Croydon via Crystal Palace.

Thameslink services will be diverted via Selhurst, amending journey times slightly.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

 

Buses replace trains between Otford and Sevenoaks on Sunday 20 August

Date:
19 August 11:00 PM - 20 August 2017 10:59 PM

Routes affected:
Between London Blackfriars and Sevenoaks

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Otford and Sevenoaks, closing all lines.

Trains that usually run between London Blackfriars and Sevenoaks will be amended to run between London Blackfriars and Orpington, calling additionally at Petts Wood.

Buses will run between Otford and Sevenoaks.

If you are travelling to stations between Bickley and Otford, you should change at Bromley South for an alternative train service.

If you are travelling to Bat & Ball you should change at Bromley South for an alternative train service to Otford and change at Otford for a replacement bus service.

Alternatively, you could travel to Orpington, change for a replacement bus service to Sevenoaks and change at Sevenoaks for a replacement bus service to Bat & Ball, the quickest options are shown in our journey planner.

If you are travelling to Sevenoaks you should travel to Orpington and change for a replacement bus service.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

 

 

Buses replace trains between St Albans and West Hampstead Thameslink until 08:50 on Sunday 20 August

Date:
19 August 11:00 PM - 20 August 2017 10:59 PM

Routes affected:
Between Bedford and Brighton and between Luton and Sutton

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between St Albans and West Hampstead Thameslink until 08:50, closing some lines.

Until approximately 08:50, buses will replace trains between St Albans and West Hampstead Thameslink. Some bus services will be extended to / from London St Pancras International.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Bicycles:

Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.

Plan ahead if you're travelling with Southern or Thameslink between Saturday 5 to Monday 28 August

Date:
4 August 11:00 PM - 28 August 2017 10:59 PM

Routes affected:
Southern routes to / from London Victoria Thameslink routes through London

Network Rail is carrying out major improvement work at London Waterloo. As a result of this, there will be a severely reduced South Western Railway service on many routes. This will increase passenger numbers on many Southern routes and may change the route we recommend you take for your journey. If possible, you are advised to avoid travelling at peak times and to allow longer for your journey.

Southern services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria during the evening peak.

There will be a reduced number of services from Clapham Junction to London Victoria between 16:00 and 20:00 on weekdays as certain services will not call at Clapham Junction to prevent overcrowding at the station. In general, only Mainline services (those that normally run non-stop between East Croydon and Clapham Junction) will be affected and Metro services will call as normal, however please check your journey before you travel by visiting nationalrail.co.uk and using the journey planner as detailed below

Many Southern and Thameslink services will be busier

With the significant reduction in South Western Railway services. The following routes are expected to be considerably busier than usual as passengers who usually use London Waterloo seek alternative routes:

  •  Thameslink or Southern services between Wimbledon and London via Tulse Hill
  •  Southern services between Southampton and Portsmouth to London
  •  Southern services between Dorking / Guildford and London via Epsom / Sutton


All Southern and Thameslink services to and from London are expected to be busier than usual. You are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to avoid travelling at peak times where possible. Queuing systems will be in place at some locations.

Clapham Junction station

It may be necessary to restrict access at Clapham Junction and you may have to queue to enter the station or to board connecting services. You are strongly advised to travel outside peak times from this station. If interchanging please consider alternative routes.

You are strongly advised to avoid interchanging at Clapham Junction. South Western Railway services at this station will be very limited so journeys may be considerably extended. Queuing systems are expected to be in place even if you aren't interchanging with South Western Railway services.

There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for services to London Waterloo (and vice versa)

Please consider travelling on services to London Bridge and changing for Southeastern services to/from Waterloo East*. Alternatively, use Thameslink services to Blackfriars which is a short walk from London Bridge. *Please note that there will be no Southeastern service at London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or Charing Cross from 26 August until 2 September due to major route improvement work.

Alternative routes if you normally change at Clapham Junction for South Western Railway services away from London or for London Overground services

Services on all South Western Railway routes from Clapham Junction (including those away from London) will be reduced and interchange with London Overground services at Clapham Junction will take longer.

There are alternative routes between most stations that avoid Clapham Junction. Use the National Rail journey planner as detailed below to plan journeys to avoid changing at Clapham Junction.

How to plan a journey and get fares so that you avoid Clapham Junction

To plan your journey to avoid Clapham Junction, visit nationalrail.co.uk and use the journey planner below. Fill in the details of your journey and click on 'more options, railcards and people'. In this section, under 'Route', choose the option 'Do not change at Clapham Junction' to see suggested routes and fares.

Major work at London Bridge on all days between 26 August and 2 September

There will be no Southeastern services calling at London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or Charing Cross between Saturday 26 August and Saturday 2 September because of major route upgrade work. Although Southern and Thameslink services aren't altered because of this work, trains on many routes are expected to be busier. You should allow extra time for your journeys and travel outside busy times if possible. More information is available here.

Plan ahead and check back before you travel

We will keep you advised here if anything changes and it is vital for you to continue to do so. You should plan your route well in advance by using the journey planner, noting bulletins (an exclamation mark in a triangle) attached to affected services which will advise of any alternative, less busy and easier routes. See above for tips on how to plan a journey that avoids changing at Clapham Junction. If you plan to interchange other operators affected by this work, visit the dedicated pages on their website for more information:

Major engineering work at London Bridge affecting Thameslink until January 2018

Date:
5 January 2015 - 31 January 2018 11:59 PM

Routes affected:
All routes via London Bridge

As part of the government sponsored Thameslink Programme, Network Rail are rebuilding London Bridge mainline rail station to provide more space, improved connections to more destinations and more reliable services. The rail and tube station will remain open during the work.

Until 2018, there will be long and short term changes to train services as major track work takes place around London Bridge station.

See the Thameslink Programme website for more information.

To check for future disruptions visit the planned engineering works page.

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