Waterloo expansion set for October start

July 29 2015  

Waterloo expansion set for October start
Construction work aimed at allowing more trains to serve London Waterloo station could get under way later this year following submission of a planning application by Network Rail this week.
Strengthening of three rail bridges on the approach to the station is expected to begin in October subject to planning permission from the London Borough of Lambeth.
This forms the first part of the rail operator’s c. £400M Wessex Capacity Improvement Programme, which will bring five platforms in the former Waterloo International Terminal back into use for passengers. The strengthening work will enable trains to access these platforms while other early activity on the programme includes track layout changes.
Network Rail route infrastructure director John Halsall said: “The project to improve the railway and strengthen the bridges on the approach to Waterloo is an absolutely vital part of our plans to improve capacity at Britain’s busiest station.”
London Waterloo currently serves almost 100 million passengers a year, with numbers forecast to grow by 40% over the next 30 years. “The submission of the planning application to carry out this work is an important step forward and, if approved, we expect to start work before the end of the year,” added Mr Halsall.
Bridge strengthening would complete at the end of 2016 with associated track and signalling work continuing until mid-2017. The Wessex Capacity Improvement Programme will also see a complete redesign of the concourse and platforms in the International Terminal.
Network Rail is working with South West Trains to bring the platforms in the terminal back into use. South West Trains managing director Tim Shoveller said: “The work to expand London Waterloo is absolutely vital to make sure we can provide much needed extra space, both for our customers now and in the future.”
(Photo: Network Rail) 

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