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Major Works at Waterloo start Friday, 05 August

From 5 to 28 August platforms 1-10 at London Waterloo, the UK’s busiest station, will be closed so work can start to extend platforms for longer trains.

Although the number of passengers travelling in August is lower than other times of the year, passengers should still expect:

  • Severe disruption
  • Extremely busy trains
  • Queues at stations

If you are able to avoid travelling on this route, either by using alternative options, working from home or taking annual leave, you should consider doing so.

If you will be travelling during this time, you are strongly advised to plan ahead and avoid the following times:


  • Vauxhall: 7.30am – 9.00am
  • Clapham Junction: 6.45am – 9.30am
  • Surbiton: 7.30am – 8.30am
  • Wimbledon: 7.30am – 9.00am


  • London Waterloo: 5.00pm – 6.45pm
  • Vauxhall: 5.00pm – 6.30pm
  • Clapham Junction: 5.00pm – 7.30pm
  • Wimbledon: 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Passengers are also strongly advised to avoid changing trains at Wimbledon, Vauxhall and Clapham Junction as queuing and one-way systems will be in place.

You will have a better and more comfortable journey if you are able to travel outside of these times.

For more detailed information; including ticket acceptance options for other routes, timetables, advice and a regularly updated FAQ, please use the link below.

What South West Trains are doing to help?
South West Trains are doing everything they can to reduce inconvenience and make your journey as smooth as possible, including:
Working round the clock to get the works finished as quickly as possible
Running longer trains throughout the day to provide more space and help you travel outside of the busiest times.
Temporarily opening platforms 20-24 (the former Waterloo Internati onal Terminal) to reduce some of the impact of closing platforms 1-10.
Providing over 1,000 extra staff at stations to help you during the works.