Monday 13 Mar 2017
Network Rail invites passengers to learn more about Vauxhall station improvements
Network Rail is inviting users of Vauxhall station to find out more about upcoming station upgrade work which will reduce congestion during peak periods and make it easier for passengers to board and alight trains.
Network Rail’s orange army will replace the current lift and construct a new staircase, in addition to the two staircases already available, on platform 7 & 8. The upgrades are part of the £800 million Waterloo & South West Upgrade that will see more trains and longer trains operating to and from Waterloo.
Network Rail is holding a drop-in session at Vauxhall station on Thursday, 16 March from 08:30 - 09:30 and from 16:30 - 18:30, and passengers are invited to stop by and find out details about how they may be impacted by the upgrades.
Becky Lumlock, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “Working closely with South West Trains, our Railway Upgrade Plan is going to deliver a better railway for the growing numbers of passengers by significantly increasing the capacity available on the railway to and from Waterloo.
“Passengers at Vauxhall station will directly benefit from better access at the station as we’ll be able to get more people on and off trains quickly. There will be some changes while we carry out the work but I encourage passengers to stop by on Thursday for the drop-in session to find out more about the scheme.”
Adam Piddington, customer service director for South West Trains, said: “These works will bring long-term improvements for our passengers.
“We would advise passengers to plan their journeys well ahead whilst the upgrade is taking place and to book assisted travel if this is needed. Our Assisted Travel team will ensure that passengers who need assistance are cared for and they are able to go about their journey with as little disruption as possible.”
To complete the work safely, Network Rail will temporarily close the lift to platforms 7 & 8 from 7 April 2017 to 8 May 2017 (inclusive) and from 5 August 2017 until early 2018. During these periods lifts to other station platforms will stay open. In addition, platforms 7 & 8 at Vauxhall station will be closed for several weekends in June and July 2017 and from 5 August to 28 August 2017 to allow upgrade work to take place.
While the work takes place, passengers who require step-free access to platforms will still be able to use platform 2 for services to London Waterloo and platform 3 for Clapham Junction, where they can change for the services they would usually get from Vauxhall.
Passengers can book assistance from South West Trains staff by contacting the Assisted Travel team 24 hours in advance of their journey via the website or by calling 0800 5282 100.
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.