• Home /
  • Blog / Taking action to tackle overcrowding at Earlsfield Station

Taking action to tackle overcrowding at Earlsfield Station


Sadiq has long campaigned for much needed improvements at Earlsfield Station and after years of campaigning and lobbying, he secured an £8 million refurbishment of the station back in 2007. This involved the construction of a new booking hall, a wider entrance and new frontage, a new staircase, lift and walkway to Platform 3, a new lift and walkway to Platforms 1 and 2, new canopies on Platforms 2 and 3 and additional ticket machines, which were all completed last year. You can read more about this here.

Sadiq Khan MP said: 

“From both speaking to Earlsfield residents and using the station myself, I know that overcrowding at the station is a growing concern and I have continued to call for better services. I meet regularly with the station manager and South West Trains to continue to make sure every measure is taken to tackle this issue.” 

“Plans to increase capacity at Earlsfield are part of a bigger programme across London, as Network Rail and South West Trains are seeking to increase their peak time capacity by around 30%. The key to this is to lengthen the trains which service Earlsfield. Platform lengthening at Earlsfield Station has now been completed, and the station is now receiving a small number of 10 car trains (rather than the usual 8 car trains). However, in order to receive more, the suburban platforms at Waterloo (1-4) also need to be lengthened, so they can accommodate 10 car trains. This is a huge undertaking which will take several years. 


“Through a number of meetings and correspondence with South West Trains, I understand that they should be operating almost all peak hour trains through Earlsfield from December 2017. 

“However I appreciate this does not provide an immediate solution, and as the local MP I have been calling for more measures to address overcrowding now. As a result, the following additional measures have been introduced at the station: 

  • Two additional services have been added to the timetable (dep Earlsfield 0729, arr Waterloo 0744 and dep Earlsfield 0930, arr Waterloo 0945).
  • One evening peak service has been lengthened to a 10 car train  (dep Waterloo 1757, arr Earlsfield 1809)
  • A ‘turn up and go’ policy has been introduced at peak times, which means trains don’t wait around if they arrive early, and helps to prevent the trains behind being held up
  • Staffing levels on the platforms have been increased during peak times to help reduce overcrowding

“But I also know that in recent weeks the situation has got much worse and urgent action is needed before there is a serious accident. I can confirm that I have now called for more staff on platforms at peak times, and asked that South West Trains consider implementing a system similar to that which operates on the underground when the lines are busy, whereby staff restrict the numbers allowed on to the platform, to keep the area safe.” 

More updates on this soon.

Do you like this post?

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.