Published on : Saturday, August 5, 2017
The South West Trains is telling its passengers to expect sever disruption and extremely busy trains and queues outside stations over the next three weeks as more trains to London Waterloo have been cancelled.
London Waterloo, the train operator’s hub, is Europe’s busiest transport terminal. The only way to increase the number of seats for travellers is to lengthen the trains. However, most of the platforms are too short for 10-coach trains. This is why the platforms 1-10 at Waterloo will be closed from 5-28 August and will include the August Bank Holiday weekend.
With more than 200 million commuters using the tube and the train at London Waterloo, it is one of the most popular hubs. On a typical working day, more than 300,000 travellers pass through the central London hub that connects the capital with the south-west suburbs, Surrey, Hampshire and beyond. By almost halving the number of rush-hour trains, most stations on the South West Trains network will see a huge travel chaos.
On the main lines from Bournemouth, Southampton and Winchester, morning rush-hour services will be cut by 54 per cent. For most suburban lines, serving Wimbledon, Kingston and Dorking, three-quarters of trains will be axed. The Windsor and Reading lines will lose a third of services.
Stations such as Earlsfield which serve as a a swathe of south-west London will be closed altogether and the passengers there are requested to use the underground track instead.
Other train operators will be affected. Southern says that some rush-hour trains from London Victoria to Gatwick and Brighton will not call at Clapham Junction, “to prevent overcrowding at the station”.