Boat race fans advised to plan ahead due to Easter weekend rail service disruption

Published: 18 March 2016

Spectators heading to Putney to witness the start of the annual Oxford and Cambridge boat races on Easter Sunday are being advised to plan ahead and if necessary allow extra time for their journeys because of disruption to local rail services that weekend.

There will no overground trains running between Clapham Junction and Barnes over the Easter Weekend as Network Rail carries out a £6m upgrade to two ageing rail bridges close to Wandsworth Town station. 

The bridge that crosses Smuggler’s Way will be completely replaced, while the one in Old York Road adjacent to the station entrance will be repaired. Additional works will also take place to provide better waterproofing to the walkway at the station.

This means that over the Easter weekend and bank holiday rail replacement bus services will operate to all the stations on that line between Clapham Junction and Barnes – including Putney.

To help cope with the crowds Network Rail is laying on 12 double decker buses to get boat race fans to Putney, but some delays are likely. 

Underground services to East Putney and Putney Bridge stations are expected to be running a normal Sunday service.

To check rail journey plans before travelling at Easter visit the National Rail Enquiries website.

The Cancer Research UK Boat Races will see the running of the 162nd Men’s Boat Race and 71st Women's Boat Race on Easter Sunday.

Thousands of visitors are expected to be in Putney to watch the two races. The women’s race will commence at 3.10pm while the men will take to the water for a 4.10pm start.