Train and station crowding information

Our latest update: 28 September

Check before you travel

As increasing numbers of people return to the railway, planning your journey ahead of time is an important step in helping to keep yourself and others safe. In order to maintain social distancing on our trains and at stations, we are asking our customers to travel at quieter times whenever possible.

To help with this, our guide below shows when our major stations tend to get busy on weekdays, and the crowding levels on trains at the busiest times.

We’ve based our guide on the most recent data, and we will continue to update it regularly. Being based on recent data, this guide doesn’t take account of events like hot weather which may mean that more people travel than usual.

Following our most recent timetable uplift, we’ve increased capacity by 20% in order to help with social distancing. Our new timetable sees:

  • Some direct services reintroduced
  • Increased frequencies on some routes
  • Increased capacity at busy times, especially during the morning peak
  • The return of a near-normal weekend timetable (engineering works and late notice alterations may apply)

For live updates for your journey please visit nationalrail.co.uk

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Key:

  • Busiest time (red): Maintaining a one-metre gap between travellers will be difficult at these times. Trains will have very little available space left - consider travelling earlier or later if you can.
  • Busy (amber): "One-metre plus" social distancing will be possible. Trains will have limited space available - consider travelling on trains or at times marked in green if you can.
  • Not busy (green): A two-metre gap between travellers will be possible. There will be plenty of room on these trains and at stations.

Busiest peak time trains - morning peak

Arrival from Arrival time at London Waterloo Crowding level
Guildford 06:25 Very busy
Staines 06:33 Busy
Guildford 06:46 Very busy
Windsor & Eton Riverside 06:49 Busy
Dorking 07:13 Busy
Chessington South 07:16
Busy
Hampton Court 07:31 Very busy
Hounslow 07:32 Very busy
Shepperton 07:34 Busy
Reading 07:35 Very busy
Guildford 07:43 Very busy
Chessington South 07:46 Very busy
London Waterloo 07:46 Busy
Alton 07:49 Busy
Epsom 07:53 Busy
Hampton Court 08:01 Very busy
Shepperton 08:02 Very busy
Shepperton 08:04 Very busy
Basingstoke 08:06 Busy
Hounslow 08:11 Very busy
Dorking 08:13 Busy
London Waterloo 08:16 Busy
Windsor & Eton Riverside 08:19 Very busy
Woking 08:23 Busy
Weybridge 08:26 Busy
Shepperton 08:32 Very busy
Shepperton 08:34 Very busy
Reading 08:34 Busy
Guildford 08:37 Very busy
Guildford 08:43 Very busy

Busiest peak time trains - evening peak

Train to: Departure time Crowding level
Reading 16:20 Busy
Guildford 16:39 Very busy
Basingstoke 16:42 Busy
Reading 16:50 Very busy
London Waterloo 16:57 Busy
Dorking 17:09 Very busy
Reading 17:20 Very busy
Guildford 17:39 Very busy
Basingstoke 17:42 Very busy
Shepperton 17:42 Busy
Portsmouth Harbour 17:45 Very busy
London Waterloo 17:45 Busy
Woking 17:50 Very busy
Reading 17:50 Busy
Chessington South 17:54 Very busy
Alton 17:55 Busy
London Waterloo 17:57 Very busy
Aldershot 18:02 Busy
Dorking 18:09 Very busy
London Waterloo 18:15 Very busy
Exeter St Davids 18:20 Busy
Alton 18:23 Busy
London Waterloo 18:27 Busy
Basingstoke 18:32 Very busy
Guildford 18:39 Very busy
Shepperton 18:42 Busy
Reading 18:50 Very busy
Chessington South 18:54 Busy
London Waterloo 18:57 Very busy
Windsor & Eton Riveride 18:58 Very busy

How busy our major stations will be

Station London Waterloo Clapham Junction Vauxhall
Morning Peak 06:00
   
06:30 Busy Busy Busy
07:00 Busiest Time Busiest Time Busy
07:30 Busiest Time Busiest Time Busiest Time
08:00 Busiest Time Busiest Time Busy
08:30 Busy Busy Busy
09:00
 
09:30      
10:00      
Late Morning 10:30-12:00      
Early Afternoon 12:30-15:00      
Evening Peak 15:30 Busy  
16:00 Busy Busy Busy
16:30 Busy Busy Busy
17:00 Busiest Time Busiest Time Busiest Time
17:30 Busiest Time Busiest Time Busiest Time
18:00 Busiest Time Busiest Time Busy
18:30 Busy Busy Busy
19:00
   
Late Evening 19:30-00:00      
Station Wimbledon Surbiton Woking
Morning Peak 06:00    
06:30 Busy Busy
07:00 Busy Busy Busy
07:30 Busiest Time Busy
08:00 Busy Busy
08:30 Busy
09:00

 
09:30

 
10:00      
Late Morning 10:30-12:00      
Early Afternoon 12:30-15:00      
Evening Peak 15:30
Busy
16:00 Busy Busy
16:30 Busy Busy
17:00 Busiest Time Busy Busy
17:30 Busiest Time Busy
18:00 Busy Busy
18:30 Busy
 
19:00

 
Late Evening 19:30-00:00      

Travelling this weekend?

Trains departing London Waterloo between 11:00 and 13:00 this weekend are expected to be busy. Please check before you travel.

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