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London Waterloo works: Passengers should prepare for SEVEN more weekends of disruption

SEVEN more weekends of Waterloo works announced by Network Rail

London Waterloo users should brace themselves for further disruption as Network Rail and South Western Railway announce seven more weekends of scheduled works this autumn.

Network Rail told passengers to check before they travel as the £800 million refurbishment to boost capacity at the station by 30% continues to upset journeys.

South Western Railway will operate a reduced timetable to and from Waterloo over seven weekends between September and November, while Network Rail continues work to upgrade the track and signalling between Waterloo and Vauxhall.

Affected weekends

  • September 9 and 10
  • September 16 and 17
  • September 23 and 24
  • September 30 and October 1
  • October 8
  • October 14 and 15
  • November 12
Make sure you check before you travel(Image: Network Rail)

What Network Rail says

Becky Lumlock, route managing director at Network Rail, said: "As planned, we will be continuing our upgrades over seven weekends between September and November, laying new track and cables between Waterloo and Vauxhall and building new stairwells at Vauxhall to make room for more passengers.

"While we continue our upgrade work, some platforms at Waterloo and Vauxhall will need to close so South Western Railway will be operating a reduced service over these weekends.

"I'd ask passengers to remember to check before they travel and plan ahead for the changes via nationalrail.co.uk."

Eventually, capacity at the UK's busiest station will be increased(Image: Network Rail)

    The finished works will accommodate longer, modern trains, and improve passenger experience.

    The planned weekend work is the next stage in the £800 million Waterloo and South West Upgrade that will create space for 45,000 more passengers every morning and evening by the end of 2018.

    Andy Mellors, managing director at South Western Railway, said: "The recent weeks have been a challenging time for passengers and employees alike. We'd like to apologise for the continued disruption to services and thank them for their patience whilst these vital Waterloo upgrade works are completed."

    Passengers have been advised to check their journey in the week before they travel by visiting nationalrail.co.uk or southwesternrailway.com.

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