Southern have issued the below travel advice to passengers travelling via Clapham Junction during the major improvement works being carried out by Network Rail at London Waterloo from 5-28 August.
This information is being advertised on their website, in journey planners and at key stations.
Southern passengers told to avoid changing trains at Clapham Junction if possible during August Waterloo work
• Network Rail making vital improvements to London Waterloo
• Many Southern and Thameslink trains also busier than normal
Southern passengers are being advised to avoid changing trains, especially at peak times, at Clapham Junction during major improvement work being carried out by Network Rail at London Waterloo from 5-28 August.
Weekday Southern fast services heading into London Victoria also won't be able to stop at Clapham Junction from 16.00-20.00 for the same period.
The work, part of an £800m scheme to increase peak time capacity into London Waterloo by 30%, means there will be far fewer South West Trains at Clapham Junction.
Southern trains from Portsmouth, Southampton, Dorking and Guildford were always advertised to be busier than normal carrying South West Trains passengers displaced by the work, as were Thameslink trains to and from Wimbledon, and on the main line through Blackfriars.
The latest advice about Clapham Junction follows news that 10 instead of nine platforms will now close for the work at London Waterloo which will make Clapham Junction platforms extremely busy. Southern is making the changes in the interests of passenger safety.
A spokesperson for Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs Southern and Thameslink, said:
“Some of our trains will be particularly busy during August as a result of the much-needed improvement work at London Waterloo and we urge passengers to consider alternatives to avoid them if possible. Please allow plenty more time for your journeys and check before you travel at southernrailway.com/waterloo or nationalrail.co.uk.”
The last two days of the Waterloo work coincides with major work at London Bridge from 26 August to 2 September. During this time, Southeastern will not operate to London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East or Charing Cross. Although Southern and Thameslink services don’t change, trains on many routes are expected to be much busier than normal.
Full information and advice on alternative routes is available at www.southernrailway.com/waterloo