Report from Waterloo as major work begins

  • Report from Waterloo as major work begins

Report from Waterloo as major work begins

The upgrade to passenger services at Waterloo station will cost around £800 million and over the three-and-a-half weeks, 1000 engineers and track-side staff will be working shifts 24 hours-a-day to build extensions onto platforms 1-4, and to modify platforms 5-8, so that longer, modern trains can run from December 2017.

SWT reported trains this morning as being "very busy".

Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne has previously admitted he is "worried there will be challenging days" and accepted that "there are going to be days when the service is very hard for people".

Travel firm IBPTS said: 'It's the worst summer of engineering works ever'.

Becky Lumlock, route managing director at Network Rail, said: "But before we arrive there, passengers travelling into Waterloo will face severe disruption over the next three and a half weeks - we are doing all we can to manage the impact on our passengers, and we thank them for their patience during this time".

The old Eurostar platforms at Waterloo have been re-opened for the first time in a decade, in a bid to ease the congestion while the works take place.

Waterloo sees the first big test of getting commuters to work today as a result of the Waterloo and South West Upgrade.

The works to extend platforms in order to allow longer passenger trains operate on the network will see seven stations close until the end of August.

In the middle of the engineering work, on 20 August, South West Trains will be handing over the franchise to new operators First Group and Hong Kong-based MTR.

On the main lines from Bournemouth, Southampton and Winchester, morning rush-hour services will be cut by 54 per cent.