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Plan Your Journey: Waterloo Station Improvement Works

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4th August 2017

Waterloo Station Will See Mayor Improvement Works Between 5 And 28 August

Throughout this period of major improvement work there will be significantly fewer train services running into Waterloo. This will mean lengthy queues during the peaks at all major stations on the South West Trains network, station closures, and more crowded services.

Waterloo Upgrade

This summer, between 5 and 28 August inclusive, fewer South West Trains services will run while work starts to extend platforms at London Waterloo. This will allow longer trains with more seats and more space for passengers.

Throughout this period of major improvement work there will be significantly fewer train services running into Waterloo. This will mean lengthy queues during the peaks at all major stations on the South West Trains network, station closures, and more crowded services.

Key Messages

  • Prepare your Plan B.

Network Rail

  • During August, the impact on your journey will vary depending on when and where you travel but as fewer trains will be running your journey might be changed in the following ways, even if you are not travelling into London:
  • The majority of stations will have fewer train services.
  • Services and stations will be busier than usual, especially in the morning and evening peaks on weekdays.
  • Some journeys are likely to take longer.
  • There will be queuing systems outside some stations.
  • A small number of stations will be closed.
  • Other operators’ services will also be busier while passengers take alternative routes, including London Underground.

TFL

  • For TfL customers, the main effect of these works will be:
  • TfL services in southwest London will be much busier than usual between 07:30-10:00 on weekdays
  • It may take longer to board trains at the south end of the District and Northern lines at these times
  • Buses serving Wimbledon, Earlsfield, Richmond, Clapham Junction and Vauxhall will also be busier than usual
  • Especially between 17:30-18:30, Waterloo, Vauxhall and Clapham Junction National Rail stations will be much busier than usual
  • Avoid Waterloo rail station 17:00-18:45.
  • Victoria Line and Northern Line are expected to be busier than usual.
  • For travel alternatives please visit the TFL Website https://tfl.gov.uk/status-updates/major-works-and-events/waterloo-works?cid=waterloo-works

Alternative Routes to South Bank

Walk

  • South Bank is a short walk from the following stations.
  • Southwark (Zone 1): Jubilee line.
  • Embankment (Zone 1): District & Circle, Bakerloo and Northern lines.
  • Westminster (Zone 1): District & Circle and Jubilee lines.

Bus

There are several bus routes into Waterloo including the Riverside Bus (RV1) service which links over 30 attractions on its route from South Bank to Bankside, London Bridge, Tower Gateway and Covent Garden.

Bike

  • There are several Santander Cycle docking stations by Waterloo Station if you would like to hire a bike to get to South Bank
  • You can hire a bike from as little as £2. Simply go to any docking station with your bank card and touch the screen to get started.
  • There’s no need to book – hire a bike, ride it where you like, then return it to any docking station.
  • More information can be found here https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/santander-cycles

River

South Bank is served by the following piers: Westminster, London Eye, Embankment and Festival. Oyster and travelcard discounts are accepted on MBNA Thames Clippers and City Cruises.

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