Thursday 30 Mar 2017
Longer platforms for longer trains: Network Rail completes Sunningdale station upgrades
Network Rail has completed work to extend platforms at Sunningdale 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 Sunningdale 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 Sunningdale is further evidence that our Railway Upgrade Plan is delivering a better railway for passengers.
“Extending the platforms at Sunningdale 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 station.”
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
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.