Our latest update: 21 October 2021

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To help you plan your journey, we're providing information on our busiest routes and the times of day that our stations will be busy.

We’ve based our guide on the most recent data, including information from the previous week, and we will continue to update it regularly.

For live updates for your journey please visit nationalrail.co.uk where you can also subscribe to journey alerts through National Rail Messenger.

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Alerts can be set up for regular or one-off journeys, and these will keep you informed of any disruption to your journey including cancellations or delays, as well as information on crowding and busy services.

Busiest parts of our network

The busiest parts of our network are in the London area in the morning peak (06:30 to 09:00) and evening peak (16:00 to 19:00). 

Busy services

Our suburban services through Stoneleigh, Worcester Park, Motspur Park & Raynes Park through to Wimbledon, Clapham Junction & Waterloo are currently some of the busiest in the morning peak. If you are travelling from these stations, you may not be able to find a seat. However alternative services may have more space for example at Motspur Park and Raynes Park in particular, services from Chessington are likely to be quieter than services from Epsom and Guildford.

Additionally, services through Weybridge, Walton-on-Thames, Hersham, Esher and Surbiton are also busy in the morning peak, which may mean seats may not be available for part of your journey in particular, the 07:00 and 07:29 from Woking, arriving into Waterloo at 07:43 and 08:20 respectively, are very busy.  

In order to respond to the high demand at Weybridge and Walton-on-Thames we have added stops to some services:

  • The 0641 service from Alton to London Waterloo will call at Walton-on-Thames at 0728.
  • The 0706 service from Basingstoke to London Waterloo will call at Weybridge at 0742.

For services from Reading, the 07:10 service which arrives into Waterloo at 08:38, is also very busy.

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Busiest times at stations
Time Waterloo Clapham Junction Vauxhall Wimbledon Surbiton Woking
06:00
06:30 Busy Busy Busy Busy Busy
07:00 Busiest time Busiest time Busy Busy Busy Busy
07:30 Busiest time Busiest time Busiest time Busiest time Busy
08:00 Busiest time Busiest time Busy Busy Busy
08:30 Busy Busy Busy Busy
09:00
09:30
10:00
10:30-12:00
12:30-15:00
15:30 Busy Busy
16:00 Busy Busy Busy Busy Busy
16:30 Busy Busy Busy Busy Busy
17:00 Busiest time Busiest time Busiest time Busiest time Busy Busy
17:30 Busiest time Busiest time Busiest time Busiest time Busy
18:00 Busiest time Busiest time Busy Busy Busy
18:30 Busy Busy Busy Busy
19:00
19:00-00:00

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