One of the most significant and complex engineering projects at Waterloo Station in the last century began last night, as 10 of the station’s platforms were shut for three-and-a-half weeks to make room for the work.
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The Wessex Route is one of the busiest and most congested routes on the rail network. With 1,300 miles of track and over 200 stations, it includes the major commuter area of south west London as well as providing long distance services from Waterloo to the south and south-west of England, including all or part of the counties of Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.
Wessex contains some of the most densely trafficked railway lines in the country and is vital in supporting long distance traffic to and from other regions on its main lines. Significant urban areas on the route include Aldershot, Bournemouth, Southampton, Portsmouth, Guildford, Woking and Basingstoke. The network carries passenger services and significant volumes of freight traffic, linking Southampton Port and Airport with the Midlands and North of England, and is used by a number of operating companies.
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Network Rail and South West Trains are today advising passengers in Surrey to expect waiting times of up to 60 minutes at some stations during the busiest parts of the day, while Network Rail carries out the largest upgrade scheme at Waterloo for decades this August.
South London rail passengers advised of up to 45 minute waiting times at stations during August upgrade
Network Rail and South West Trains are today advising passengers in south London to expect waiting times of up to 45 minutes at some stations during the busiest parts of the day, while Network Rail carries out the largest upgrade scheme at Waterloo for decades this August.
Hampshire rail passengers advised of up to 30 minute waiting times at stations during August upgrade
Network Rail and South West Trains are today advising passengers in Hampshire to expect waiting times of up to 30 minutes at some stations during the busiest parts of the day, while Network Rail carries out the largest upgrade scheme at Waterloo for decades this August.
Newly released timelapse footage* from Network Rail and South West Trains shows the installation of London Waterloo’s brand new footbridge, which connects the main station concourse to the former International Terminal.
On Friday (14 July, 2017) Network Rail joined the MP for Windsor Adam Afriyie to mark the completion of its £6.5 million investment at Ascot station. The work to extend platforms and install a new, fully-accessible footbridge is part of the £800 million Waterloo & South West Upgrade to increase capacity into Waterloo by 30% by the end of 2018.
Network Rail today (14 July 2017) joined Justine Greening MP to mark the completion of a series of upgrades at Putney station which have made the station more accessible and have provided better facilities for the nine million passengers who use the station each year.
Network Rail is today urging passengers to consider travelling at different times of day or to consider working from home during a major upgrade at London Waterloo station in August.
Suicide prevention measures put in place as part of the partnership between Samaritans, Network Rail, British Transport Police (BTP) and the wider rail industry are continuing to reduce deaths on the railway across the south west railway.
Two senior engineers at Network Rail are encouraging girls to follow in their footsteps and pursue careers in engineering, as the organisation celebrates International Women in Engineering Day 2017 at an event at London Waterloo station alongside John Hayes MP, minister of state at the Department for Transport.