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Engineering works

Engineering works

Planned engineering work

We need to do engineering work to maintain and improve the rail network. Much of this work is done at weekends and during holiday periods, but some work also needs to be done overnight during the week.

Buses will replace train services where lines are closed for work to take place. We may also have to alter train services over a wider area.

Please use the Engineering Work calendar and click on a date to get information about planned engineering work for that day.

For the latest information on how London Underground services are running, we recommend you visit the "Transport for London" website.


Major engineering work at London Waterloo
Sunday 3 and Monday 4 May

As part of our ongoing works to improve the UK’s busiest railway, The South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance will be replacing a section of track immediately outside London Waterloo station from the early hours of Sunday 3rd May through to late Monday night.

On Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday there will be significantly fewer trains running in and out of London Waterloo and across the network. Services may also be busier than usual and take longer, especially the last trains of the day.

If you are travelling on these days, you must check before you travel.

What are we doing?

London Waterloo is the UK’s busiest station with a train arriving or leaving every minute during busy periods. As a result, problems here can cause disruption and inconvenience to thousands of passengers right across the network.

On Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th May we will be replacing a vital set of points near Waterloo. These are extremely important as they allow trains to cross between different lines. This work will help to improve reliability of our services.

These works mean about two thirds of London Waterloo station and some lines between London Waterloo and Clapham Junction will be closed Sunday and the Bank Holiday Monday.


How will this affect my journey?

Most journeys will still be possible by train, although you may need to change trains as on some routes trains will start from or terminate at stations away from London Waterloo. Where possible, trains running in and out of London Waterloo will have more coaches than normal.

The following stations will have no stopping train service as the lines through them are needed to run the main line service.

Queenstown Road - passengers should use other stations nearby.
Earlsfield - a shuttle bus service will run between Clapham Junction and Wimbledon, serving this station.
Berrylands - passengers should use the local "K2" bus service to connect with trains at Surbiton or Kingston.

On the Holiday Monday only, there will be no service to Weybridge via Hounslow and Staines. Replacement buses will run between Virginia Water and Weybridgeconnecting with other train services to and from London Waterloo.


Engineering work in other locations will affect the following routes.

Between Basingstoke and Winchester all weekend (Basingstoke and Eastleigh on Sunday).
An hourly service to Weymouth will be diverted via Guildford, Havant and Fareham.

Other services which normally pass through Winchester will be replaced by buses in this area.

Between Surbiton and Effingham Junction on Sunday only.
Replacement bus services will run between these stations.

The previously advertised work between Teddington and Shepperton has been cancelled and a train service will now run on this route.


How can I find out more?

More details of the service alterations are posted on our May Summary page.

Times of trains and any replacement buses can be obtaines from the "Buy Tickets" page or by going to the "Print your own Timetable" page and selecting the day you wish to travel.

If you or your fellow passengers have reduced mobility, please contact our Assisted Travel team before travelling. To make an Assisted Travel Booking please call our Assisted Travel team on 0800 52 82 100 (freephone) or 0800 6920 792 (textphone) or visit our Assisted Travel Information page.


Going Underground?

The London Underground network also needs to be maintained and improved. If you need to use the Underground to connect with our services, please visit the "Transport for London" website for information about London Underground services.


Travelling to London Bridge?

Work for the "Thameslink" project will affect services through London Bridge until 2018. In particular, until August 2016 there will be no train service between Waterloo East and London Bridge.

Please visit our "London Bridge" page for more information about alternative routes and ticket availability.


Help with planning your journey

Travelling late evening or early morning?

If you intend travelling after 23:00 or before 05:30 please check train times here to confirm your journey, as engineering works that affect these services may not be indicated on these summaries.

Late notice service alterations

Sometimes we have to alter our services at short notice.  Please check our "Live train information" page for details of any late alterations.

More detailed information is available from National Rail Enquiries at or on 08457 48 49 50 (24 hours. Calls are charged at local rate and may be recorded).


We are sorry that cycles, prams and items of bulky luggage cannot be carried on buses or taxis provided to replace train services during engineering work.