Rail disruption after Christmas

Network Rail have given us an early warning of rail way engineering works just after Christmas as follows:-

Advance notice of work between London Waterloo and Clapham Junction

Dear Stakeholder,

We are writing to let you know about improvement works scheduled to take place from Christmas Day 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021, during which time a significantly reduced service will be operating on parts of the South Western Railway network.

We will be completely renewing the 'switches and crossings' at Nine Elms Junction, between London Waterloo and Clapham Junction. This infrastructure allows trains to move from one track to another, allowing them to be guided onto their routes.

By investing significantly in our Wessex route, we are working to improve the reliability of services for passengers, improving their experience of using the network.

What do you need to know?
• Vauxhall and Queenstown Road stations will be closed for the duration of the work
• London Waterloo and Clapham Junction will have queuing systems in operation -
this is to help manage safe journeys
• There will be no service on the SWR network on Christmas Day or Boxing Day
• From Sunday 27 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021, a significantly reduced service will be in operation - online journey planners will be updated in the Autumn and passengers should check before they travel at nationalrail.co.uk
• For the duration of the works, trains on the Windsor lines (via Putney) will terminate at Clapham Junction

Why are we doing this work?

Between Waterloo and Clapham Junction, 'Nine Elms Junction' is one of the busiest 'pinch points' on the Wessex route. This junction is on the approach to London Waterloo - the busiest railway station in the country, and improved reliability of the infrastructure here will have a positive impact right across the network. This renewed infrastructure will allow us to improve our performance and increase the punctuality of train services for passengers.

We have chosen to undertake this work over the Christmas period when the railway is typically much quieter, allowing us to minimise disruption to passengers.

How can you help?

We appreciate the support of all our stakeholders and we would be grateful if you could share this information with your constituents, members or residents. We will provide further information as we approach the dates above.

We will be updating our website as more information becomes available. In partnership with our colleagues at South Western Railway, our passengers will be kept informed of the work through station signage, online advertisements, newsletters, and for those living in the immediate vicinity of the work, community letters.

Finally, if we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Jonny Nesbitt, the Stakeholder and Public Affairs Manager for the Wessex route at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.