Thousands of passengers face major disruption at Waterloo this weekend

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Thousands of passengers were warned today they face more major disruption at Waterloo this weekend with some platforms closed and trains cancelled.

Operator South Western said some platforms and lines will be closed for all of Saturday while engineering work continues throughout the region to prepare for the introduction of longer 10-carriage trains from December.

On Sunday some lines will be closed between Waterloo and Clapham Junction.

In emails sent to passengers early today South Western, which only took over the busy franchise last month, said platforms seven and eight will be closed on Saturday with trains heading towards Waterloo not calling at Earlsfield. Passengers will have to change at Wimbledon or Clapham Junction.

“Most train services will run in and out of Waterloo using the lines and platforms which remain open but may be re-timed in the London Waterloo area.

“Some services will also be altered due to work elsewhere on our network,” states the email.

Longer distance services will also be changed; stopping services to Poole will only run between Basingstoke and Poole; stopping services to Haslemere and Portsmouth will only run between Working and Haslemere. Shuttle services will operate between Surbiton and Hampton Court/Guildford via Cobham.

On Sunday some lines between Waterloo and Clapham Junction will be closed as will “about half” of the London terminal. There will be a reduced service on lines which remain open.

All lines in the Twickenham area will be closed on Sunday for work on the station. Diversions will be in place with replacement buses operating between Barnes, Teddington and Hounslow.

Queenstown Road station will be closed with trains making additional stops at other nearby stations. 

Long distance services into London will be diverted after Woking adding to journey times.

Rail chiefs say the work must be down for much need  long term improvements to the network.

Commuters have suffered a torrid time since Waterloo reopened on Tuesday of last week  after  a near month long part-shutdown for engineering work both there and on other parts of the network.

There has been daily disruption largely due to signal and track failures.

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