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
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.7 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.
We are building a better railway for a better Britain.