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Disruption to Trains - August 2017

From 5 to 28 August 2017, Network Rail will be reconfiguring the track and platforms at Waterloo Station. This will mean a temporary timetable for trains to and from Raynes Park, with significant reductions in frequency of services and the loss of connections to other stations. To find out more go to networkrail.co.uk/wswupgrade and southwesttrains.co.uk/wswupgrade.

Southwest Trains say that, as a result:

  • You may be asked to queue outside Raynes Park station
  • The train you usually catch may not be running
  • Services will be much busier than usual
  • Your journey may take longer
  • You may not be able to board the first train when you arrive

If you are travelling from this station between the 5 and 28 August, please keep these tips in mind: 

  • Check the advice for other stations nearby. They might have more frequent or less crowded trains
  • Travel slightly earlier or later than normal. The busiest trains arrive into London between 8 and 9am and leave London between 5.30 and 6.30pm. To help you travel outside of these times we will provide longer trains for extended periods
  • Not travelling. If you are able to do so, you might want to consider working from home or planning a summer holiday for some or all of this time.

As regards loss of connections to other stations, Network Rail says that the following stations will be closed during this period:

Chessington North, Chessington South, Earlesfield, Norbiton, Malden Manor, Queenstown Road and Tolworth.

It would also seem that trains to and from Raynes Park will not be stopping at Vauxhall.

There may also be other impacts at other stations, on buses, on tubes and on local roads due to displaced travellers resorting to other routes.

Due to superb planning by somebody (who probably wishes to remain anonymous) the Government has decided that that a joint venture between First Group and Hong Kong-based MTR, will take over the train franchise from Southwest Trains on 20 August in the midst of all this!

Good Luck!



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