Tuesday 22 Aug 2017
Paw-terloo Upgrade: Battersea dogs lend a paw ahead of bank holiday work
Two ambassa-dogs from London's Battersea Dogs Home joined staff at Waterloo this morning (22 August, 2017) in warning passengers of upcoming disruption to their journeys from 24-28 August, as three weeks of upgrade work at London's busiest station reach their climax this weekend.
Millie and Mollie, a pair of Jack Russells, spent the morning meeting passengers travelling through the station, while humans from Network Rail advised passengers of changes to their journeys later this week and over the bank holiday weekend.
Work to extend platforms 1-4 and modify platforms 5-8 reaches its conclusion this weekend. In order to complete the necessary signalling work ahead of Tuesday 29 August, platforms 1-14 will be closed from 24-28 August.
Passengers are advised to avoid travelling if possible, or to allow longer to complete their journeys as a result of the significant reduction in services during this time.
Becky Lumlock, route managing director at Network Rail, said: "We're into the final stages of the August upgrade at Waterloo, and from 24-28 August our work will have an even bigger impact on services using the lines to and from Waterloo.
"This is while we carry out essential signalling work to allow us to bring the longer platforms into use by Tuesday.
"I'd like to thank passengers for their ongoing patience this month, as well as our helpers Mollie and Mille for helping to spread the word."
Passengers can find more information on their services at nationalrail.co.uk
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.