TIMELAPSE: 60,000 man hours in 60 seconds: Waterloo Upgrade - 10 August (2)

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.


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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.

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