Severe Disruption Ahead On South West Trains At Wimbledon

Reduced service during August due to Waterloo platform extension work

Green - times changed but frequency mostly unaffected
Yellow - busier than usual with fewer services
Orange - extremely busy with significantly fewer trains
Red - closed for some or all of this period

A prolonged period of engineering works means that South West Trains services out of Waterloo will be operating a reduced service for most of August. There is expected to be a significant impact for Wimbledon passengers.

Between August 5-28 there will be fewer trains as work takes place to extend platforms at Waterloo. This is being done to accommodate the new longer 10-carriage trains which came into service last year.

Network Rail have admited tens of thousands of passengers face severe disruption, with warnings of queuing systems and delays but say the work must be done for the future benefit of the railways and August is the best time to do it, when most people are away.

It is expected that services and stations will be much busier than usual and queueing systems may have to be introduced at some stations.

South West Trains are asking their customers to:
• Avoid Vauxhall rail station, which will be partially closed, and travel from Waterloo instead
• Avoid Clapham Junction rail station 06:45-09:30 and 17:00-19:30
• Avoid Wimbledon rail station 07:30-09:30 and 17:00-19:00
• Avoid Waterloo rail station 17:00-18:45.

They warn passengers may have to queue to enter Wimbledon station, especially between 8am-9am. They advise allowing an extra 15 minutes to complete your journey.

A one-way system will be in place. Customers changing from the tram to South West Trains or the District line will need to exit via the Centre Court exit and enter via the main booking hall.

If you usually change at Clapham Junction or Vauxhall, South West Trains advise you not to do so, and to travel via London Waterloo instead.

Local buses to Earlsfield, Clapham Junction, Vauxhall and London Waterloo will also be busier than usual. Leave more time for journeys between:

  • Kingston and Wimbledon (especially 57 and 131)
  • New Malden and Wimbledon (including the 131)
  • Wimbledon and Colliers Wood (including the 57, 131 and 219).

They have also issued warnings that the Victoria line from Vauxhall, the Northern line from South Wimbledon and the District line from Wimbledon will also be very busy during the works.

There will also be a further significant reduction in service on Friday August 25 and across the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Timetables during this time are available now and can be accessed on the National Rail web site.

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August 5, 2017