Monday 17 Jul 2017
Longer platforms and new, accessible footbridge: Network Rail completes Berkshire station upgrades
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.
The new footbridge provides step-free access to all platforms via lifts, make journeys smoother for those with luggage, prams and mobility issues, while the longer platforms will allow South West Trains to operate longer trains with more space for passengers.
Becky Lumlock, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “Our Railway Upgrade Plan is all about delivering a better railway for passengers, and the completion of the platform extensions and footbridge at Ascot is doing exactly that.
“Passengers will shortly be able to take full advantage of the longer trains, and once we have completed our work at Waterloo, we'll be able to accommodate an extra 45,000 passengers - equivalent to more than the capacities of the O2 arena and Oval cricket ground combined - each morning and each evening. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we’ve upgraded their station.”
MP for Windsor Adam Afriyie, said: “I am thrilled to open the new footbridge at Ascot station which is now in keeping with the beauty of the local area.
“Residents and racegoers can now enjoy a better experience and I’m delighted that we’re seeing year-on-year improvements to the Ascot area.”
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.