Rail passengers have been warned of unprecedented summer disruption with major engineering works closing some of Britain’s biggest stations in August. Commuters into London will be the most affected as Network Rail prepares to carry out work worth £133m, including the biggest bank holiday engineering works it has ever planned.
The worst of the disruption will be felt by passengers using Waterloo, the UK’s busiest station, which will see about half its platforms closed for more than three weeks from 5 August, meaning many South West trains will not run. Passengers have been warned to expect queues of up to half an hour just to enter suburban stations on the network, such as Wimbledon and Surbiton, during summer rush hours.
Euston will close entirely on the 26-27 August bank holiday weekend, affecting some services on the West Coast main line to Birmingham and cities north to Glasgow. London Bridge and Charing Cross will be closed to Southeastern services for a week from the same weekend. London Paddington and Liverpool Street will also be affected, with only King’s Cross St Pancras, Victoria and Marylebone operating normally in the capital, although all are expected to be busier than usual to accommodate alternative journeys.