What to expect from next month's travel mayhem as commuters in the capital face London-wide rail disruption

 
Rebecca Smith
Network Rail has told passengers to expect long queues for trains during peak times
Network Rail has told passengers to expect long queues for trains during peak times (Source: Getty)

You may have heard that next month looks like a bit of a travel nightmare, due to some extensive rail works going on throughout August.

From a bumper upgrade at London Waterloo to HS2 work at Euston, many passengers are going to be in for some severe disruption as £133m of investment is plugged into upgrading the rail network.

Read more: Commuters to face hour-long queues for trains during August Waterloo works

Here’s a roundup of what’s happening when, and the recommended steps to take for those affected…

Saturday 5 August – Monday 28 August – London Waterloo:

Platforms 1 to 10 will be closed so engineers can extend platforms at the station.

Network Rail advice: Travel at different times of day where possible, or work from home if you’re able to. For those whose travel is unavoidable, a raft of estimated queuing times has been provided for passengers to expect at the busiest times of the day.

Those at Clapham Junction can expect queues of up to 45 minutes, while people travelling from Esher and Hersham in Surrey face waits of 30-60 minutes to board trains at peak times. More on the breakdown of waiting times here.

Saturday 19 August to 15 September – Paddington:

Services will be impacted on the Paddington to Wales route between Swindon and Bristol Parkway. Trains won’t run between Swindon and Bristol Parkway, there will be a reduced service between London Paddington and Cardiff Central and Swansea, while some trains will call at Patchway rather than Bristol Parkway.

Network Rail advice: Trains will run but with diversions and rail replacements in place, which could mean longer journey times, so look at your route before heading out.

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August – Euston:

No trains will run in or out of Euston while a major power supply to the station is rerouted by Network Rail on behalf of HS2.

Services affected are all of those on the West Coast main line (including trains to Northampton, Milton Keynes, Watford and Hemel Hempstead).

London Underground services from Euston will be unaffected by the work.

Network Rail advice: Rail passengers have been urged not to travel on those days unless it’s essential, and if you’re heading away, do so on days other than the Saturday and Sunday if possible.

Antonia Buckland, high speed rail sponsorship director for Network Rail, said: If you do travel, trains will be busier than usual, journeys will take longer and unless you have reserved one, you won’t be guaranteed a seat.”

Saturday 26 and 27 August – Cannon Street:

There will be no Southeastern trains to or from Cannon Street.

Network Rail advice: There will be fewer trains running and alternative routes may be required, so look into this ahead of time. Trains that are running will be busier than usual and will be diverted to another station in the capital, while passengers may need to queue at affected stations.

Saturday 26 August – 2 September – London Bridge:

Fewer trains into London Bridge, with no Southeastern services to or from the station, Charing Cross and Waterloo East. Trains will be significantly busier than usual and will be diverted to other stations. There will also be a reduced Southern service to and from London Bridge on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August.

Network Rail advice: Plan ahead as some services will be running, but diverted into Victoria, Blackfriars, Cannon Street and Waterloo.

Sunday 27 August – Monday 28 August – Liverpool Street:

Crossrail work will affect services from Liverpool Street to Shenfield, Ingatestone and Billericay, while overhead wiring is replaced at Brentwood in a separate project.

Network Rail advice: Passengers will be able to complete their journeys, but are again advised to plan ahead, as some parts may be by rail replacement bus.

Monday 28 August and Saturday 2 September – Blackfriars:

There will be no Southeastern trains to or from Blackfriars, as Network Rail continues to rebuild the tracks around London Bridge as part of the Thameslink programme.

Network Rail advice: There will be fewer trains running and alternative routes may be required, so look into this ahead of time. Trains that are running will be busier than usual and will be diverted to another station in the capital, while passengers may need to queue at affected stations.

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