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March 28, 2016

Network Rail to invest £800m in London Waterloo station development

Network Rail has launched a programme of investment worth more than £800m over the next three years in order to increase capacity and improve more than half a million daily journeys at London Waterloo station.

London Waterloo

Network Rail has launched a programme of investment worth more than £800m over the next three years in order to increase capacity and improve more than half a million daily journeys at London Waterloo station.

Passenger journeys at London Waterloo, which is claimed to be Britain’s busiest railway station, has more than doubled in the last 20 years to 234 million per year and a further growth of 40% is expected by 2043.

It is expected that the investment will boost peak time passenger capacity at London Waterloo by 30% by 2019.

The investment will provide a bigger London Waterloo station, additional seating and a new fleet of Siemens-built Class 707 trains that will be longer.

The scope of work will also include lengthening platforms at stations on the Reading line, carrying out improvements to depots and maintenance facilities to look after the network’s fleet of trains and implementing new technology to make trains more efficient and help improve punctuality.

Station and infrastructure improvements are funded by the UK Department for Transport (DfT) as part of Network Rail’s £40bn railway upgrade plan to deliver a bigger, better and more reliable railway for passengers.

"These improvements will make journeys better for hard working commuters in the capital and across Britain."

UK transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "We are investing £40bn in our nation’s railway infrastructure, the biggest upgrade since the Victorian times.

"From 2017, passengers will benefit from a bigger and better London Waterloo station and 150 new train carriages, providing more space for passengers arriving at London Waterloo over the three-hour morning peak.

"This is in addition to the 108 extra carriages that have already been added since 2013.

"These improvements will make journeys better for hard working commuters in the capital and across Britain."

Investment is also being made in a fleet of 150 new train carriages to create extra capacity for passengers of South West Trains, which is operated by Stagecoach Group.

The upgrade will see the reconstruction of the former Waterloo International Terminal, allowing platforms 20 to 24 to be brought back into use with modern facilities, new track and signalling, as well as a layout suitable for domestic passengers.

Work will also include extending platforms one to four to allow longer ten-car trains to run to London suburban stations.


Image: An artist’s impression of Waterloo International Terminal. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.

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