Ten day partial closure between Waterloo and Clapham Junction stations, Christmas Day 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021 (inclusive)

There will be a significantly reduced service on parts of the South Western Railway network over ten days during the festive / new year period, from Christmas Day 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021 while we renew the infrastructure between Waterloo and Clapham Junction.

Vauxhall and Queenstown Road stations will be closed for the duration of the work and there will be queuing systems in place at Waterloo and Clapham Junction stations to manage passenger journeys safely.

The ‘switches and crossings’ (moveable sections of track that guide trains from one track to another and allow them to cross paths) at Nine Elms Junction will be completely renewed as part of this project. This is a big job but it is vital to carry out at this time to ensure safe and reliable journeys for passengers for many decades to come. If we don't upgrade now, it could lead to delays and crowding for South Western Railway passengers in future as trains would have to run at reduced speeds over parts of track into and out of Britain’s busiest railway station.

Key dates

  • Thursday 24 December (Christmas Eve) – there will be an early shut down of South Western Railway services.
  • Friday 25 December (Christmas Day) – no service will run.
  • Saturday 26 December (Boxing Day) – no service will run.
  • Sunday 27 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021 inclusive – a significantly reduced service. 12 trains per hour will run on the main line.
  • From approximately 11:00 on Thursday 31 December (New Year’s Eve) to approx. 11:00 on Friday 1 January 2021 (New Year’s Day) extra trains will be able to run to London Waterloo for passengers wishing to travel for New Year festivities.
  • A normal service will resume on Monday 4 January 2021.

Why the work must take place now?

This work is important not just for passengers travelling through Clapham Junction and into London Waterloo but those on train lines further out on suburban routes too. Improved reliability at such a key, strategic pinch point such as Nine Elms Junction will have a positive impact across the network. We need to upgrade the infrastructure to improve train service punctuality and have taken the decision to complete the work over the Christmas / new year holiday period as this is a time that, typically, is up to 50% quieter than usual.

Plan your journey

National Rail Enquiry planners will be updated in the autumn at nationalrail.co.uk.

Although the work is taking place during the typically quieter Christmas holiday period, train services and stations may be busy at times as platforms 12 – 20 at London Waterloo will not be in use for the duration of the work. All train services on the Windsor lines will start and terminate at Clapham Junction station.

Services across the network may be retimed or subject to diversionary routes so please check before travelling.