TIMELAPSE: Network Rail completes £4 million Easter upgrade to boost Waterloo capacity: Over the Easter 2017 weekend, Network Rail installed a new signalling gantry and replaced sections of track at London Waterloo

Tuesday 18 Apr 2017

TIMELAPSE: Network Rail completes £4 million Easter upgrade to boost Waterloo capacity


Network Rail has completed a £4 million upgrade at Waterloo station this Easter, as part of the £800 million Waterloo & South West Upgrade to boost capacity at the station by 30% by 2018.

Over 7,000 hours of work went into replacing key sections of track and installing a new signalling gantry at the station over just three days.

The new signalling gantry now extends over platforms 1-8, and has been carried out ahead of work to extend platforms 1-4, which Network Rail will undertake during a three-and-a-half week part-closure of Waterloo station in August 2017.

Becky Lumlock, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “The £4 million investment we have delivered this Easter weekend brings us another step closer to boosting the capacity at Waterloo by 30% for passengers.

“I’m pleased to see that our Railway Upgrade Plan is continuing to make a real difference in providing more space for passengers and making the railway more reliable. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we have carried out our work.”


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