Thursday 30 Mar 2017
Longer platforms for longer trains: Network Rail completes Bracknell and Wokingham station upgrades
Network Rail has completed work to extend platforms at Bracknell station and Wokingham station, as part of the £800 million Waterloo & South West Upgrade to increase capacity into Waterloo by 30% by the end of 2018.
Platforms at Bracknell and Wokingham have been extended by Network Rail’s engineers to be able to accommodate longer, 10-car trains, which South West Trains will begin operating on the route from May 2017.
Becky Lumlock, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “The completion of work at Bracknell and Wokingham is further evidence that our Railway Upgrade Plan is delivering a better railway for passengers.
“Extending the platforms at Bracknell and Wokingham is a significant step towards completing our enormous £800 million Waterloo & South West Upgrade scheme, which will significantly increase the amount of space for passengers using the railway to and from Waterloo. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we’ve upgraded their stations.”
Margaret Kay, managing director of South West Trains, said: “We’re looking forward to introducing longer 10-carriage trains this year. These trains will provide more space and extra capacity for our passengers.”
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.