Planned Upgrade of London Waterloo - Timetable Changes to Trains

Planned Upgrade of London Waterloo - Timetable Changes to Trains

Any one travelling on South West Trains services in recent months or on other services connecting with those into London Waterloo should have seen advance notification of major infrastructure works planned for London Waterloo Station. There are very significant timetable changes required to facilitate the planned upgrade of London Waterloo. These works and timetable changes are almost upon us. This is a reminder to help ensure that you are up to speed.

In summary, between 5 and 28 August inclusive, fewer South West Trains services will run while work starts to extend platforms at London Waterloo. This will allow longer trains with more seats and more space for passengers. Although passenger numbers in August are lower than at other time of the year, whilst the works are taking place there may be longer than normal queues during the peak at all major stations on the South West Trains Network, along with station closures and more crowded services. Timetables during this period are available at To help residents plan journeys, view and download timetables and find more information please visit the South West Trains website. For more information on how TfL services will be running during this time, go to

There is a downloadable passenger leaflet / guide to travel during the Waterloo & South West Upgrade here. This leaflet shows which stations will be closed (non in Surrey), those that will have fewer services, those that will likely be much busier, etc.

There will also be works on a number of weekends throughout 2017 which will also reduce the number of trains in service on the South West Trains network. To check your journey at weekends, please visit Planned Engineering Works.

Obviously changes depend on when and where you travel, however, fewer trains will be running so many journey will be changed in the following ways, even if you are not travelling into London:

  • The majority of stations will have fewer train services
  • Services and stations will be busier than usual, especially in the morning and evening peaks on weekdays
  • Some journeys are likely to take longer
  • There will be queuing systems outside some stations
  • A small number of stations will be closed
  • Other operators’ services will also be busier while passengers take alternative routes, including London Underground.

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