Sunday 13 Aug 2017
TIMELAPSE: 60,000 man hours in 60 seconds
Work is continuing apace at London Waterloo as Network Rail is delivering one of the largest and most complex upgrades in the history of Britain's busiest station.
In just six days of work, platform extensions under construction have already taken shape. The new platforms will create room for longer trains to run to and from Waterloo.
This will provide more comfortable journeys for the tens of millions of passengers who travel in and out of the station every year.
So far, 1,000 engineers and track workers have:
- worked 60,000 hours;
- laid 1,270 metres of track;
- demolished 376 metres of platforms to make way for the new platforms;
- poured 230 metres of concrete; and
- drunk 20,000 cups of tea and 30,000 cups of coffee.
To deliver the work safely, Network Rail has closed platforms 1-10 until work is complete on 28 August.
Work will continue 24 hours a day, and Network Rail reminds passengers to check before they travel, and to continue avoiding the station at the busiest times of day throughout August.
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.