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.

This is part of the upgrade plans that South West Trains spoke about during my public meeting on rail travel from Worcester Park station last year.

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

South West Trains have advised that 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.

For more detailed information; including ticket acceptance options for other routes, timetables, advice and a regularly updated FAQ, please click here.

You can also see more about the upgrade plans in the video below.