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Major engineering works taking place at London Waterloo are set to cause major disruptions for rail passengers from Gillingham throughout most of August.

And South West Trains have urged  people to avoid the inevitable travel problems by working from home or going on summer holiday ‘for some or all of this time’.

The work will be carried out from 5 August to bank holiday Monday 28 August, with disruption likely to be especially acute from Friday 25 August to 28 August.

In particular fewer trains will be running on the busy line.

‘From 5 to 28 August inclusive, major engineering works will be taking place at London Waterloo,’ said a spokesperson for South West Trains.

‘This is to allow work to start to extend platforms for longer trains and provide more space for more passengers. Throughout this time, fewer trains will be running across the South West Trains network.’

The spokesperson added: ‘Across the network, South West Trains are urging passengers to leave plenty of time for their journey, plan ahead and understand the impact these temporary changes will have.’

South West Trains – who will be replaced by First MRT Trains during the course of the month – have issued the following travel advice to passengers from Gillingham and other stations on the line:

  • Travel earlier or later than normal. The busiest trains arrive into London between 8 and 9am and leave London between 5.30 and 6.30pm. To help you travel outside of these times we will provide longer trains for extended periods
  • Not travelling. If you are able to do so, you might want to consider working from home or planning a summer holiday for some or all of this time

For more information visit the South West Trains website.

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