Waterloo station: Commuters hit by engineering upgrade work

Waterloo station: Commuters hit by engineering upgrade work

  • 7 August 2017
  • From the section London

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The works to enlarge the station’s platforms began on Saturday

Thousands of commuters are facing disruption after engineering works at the UK’s busiest train station closed almost half of the platforms.

Ten platforms at London Waterloo will be shut until 28 August to enlarge station capacity.

No trains will run from seven stations in south-west London while Network Rail has warned others like Vauxhall and Wimbledon will be “exceptionally busy”.

But so far the impact of the works on services has been less than expected.

An average of 270,000 journeys are made to and from Waterloo each day.

The £800m project will get the station ready for longer trains and provide space for 30% extra passengers during the busiest times of the day.

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There were none of the expected queues at Wimbledon station between 07:00 and 07:30 BST

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Clapham Junction station was expected to be “exceptionally busy”

Apart from a few cancellations, train services have been mostly running to timetable.

However South West Trains, which run services to and from Waterloo, have warned a systems fault has meant that no automated announcements are being played at stations across their network.

BBC Radio London reporter Barry Caffrey said both Wimbledon and Clapham Junction stations were “quiet” and there were none of the expected queues so far.

He added that passengers he had spoken to at Waterloo had been “pleasantly surprised” by their morning commute.

On Saturday when the works began, services were also hit by a signal failure.

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Media captionHalf of Waterloo Station will close so platforms can be extended

Closed and part-closed stations:

  • Chessington South
  • Chessington North
  • Earlsfield (weekdays only until 10:00 and between 16:30 and 19:30)
  • Malden Manor
  • Norbiton
  • Queenstown Road
  • Tolworth
  • Vauxhall (will be partially closed as platforms 7 and 8 will be closed and a large number of trains will no longer call there)