Service changes between London Waterloo and Clapham Junction, Sunday 27 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021

There will be a significantly reduced service over the Christmas and New Year period while we carry out major work between Clapham Junction and London Waterloo.

During this time, Vauxhall and Queenstown Road stations will be closed, as will platforms 12 to 20 at London Waterloo.

Trains from the direction of Reading, Windsor & Eton Riverside and Hounslow will terminate at Clapham Junction, with passengers needing to change for onward travel to London Waterloo. For the safety of our passengers, London Waterloo and Clapham Junction stations are both likely to use queuing systems.

This major programme of work will provide passengers with more punctual and reliable train journeys to and from London Waterloo, Britain’s busiest railway station.

What we’re doing

Between Friday 25 December 2020 and Monday 4 January 2021, engineers will carry out a major programme of work at Nine Elms Junction, a vital part of the South Western Railway (SWR) network, between Clapham Junction and Vauxhall.

The majority of this work will involve renewing both sections of track and switches and crossings. Engineers will also carry out resignalling work, vegetation clearance and track and bridge inspections.

All of this work will close the ‘Windsor lines’ that take trains from the direction of Reading, Windsor & Eton Riverside and Hounslow, through Clapham Junction, and on to London Waterloo.

At London Waterloo we will carry out maintenance on the tracks at a number of platforms. To ensure engineers can safely access those tracks and complete their work, platforms 12 to 20 at the station will be closed.

All of these improvements are being carried out over the Christmas and New Year period when fewer passengers are travelling, minimising the impact from reduced services.

Travel information

Passenger services will be affected between Sunday 27 December and Sunday 3 January. Services will run as normal from Monday 4 January.

Passengers are advised to note the following travel information:

  • On Thursday 24 December, SWR services will end earlier than normal
  • Between Friday 25 December and Sunday 3 January, Vauxhall and Queenstown Road stations will be closed
  • Between Sunday 27 December and Sunday 3 January, passengers travelling from the direction of Reading, Windsor & Eton Riverside and Hounslow to London Waterloo will need to change at Clapham Junction. Due to these trains terminating early, there will be a reduced number of services between Clapham Junction and London Waterloo. Platforms 12 to 20 at London Waterloo will be closed. Both London Waterloo and Clapham Junction may be busier than usual, with queuing systems in place.
  • Passengers are advised to check with SWR or National Rail Enquiries before they travel on Thursday 31 December.

For more detailed travel information, passengers are advised to visit the SWR website and check before travelling at National Rail Enquiries.


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