Monday 16 Jan 2017
TIMELAPSE: Passengers get a behind-the-scenes peek at the Waterloo station upgrade
Network Rail is giving passengers a behind-the-scenes look at the major upgrade of London’s Waterloo station, as work to deliver the £800 million Waterloo & South West Upgrade continues.
Timelapse footage shows engineers working within the former International Terminal at the station, which was once home to Eurostar services, to demolish the far sections of platforms 21-24 last autumn.
The platforms were originally around 400 metres long, long enough to allow six train services every hour, each with 18 carriages. However, the platforms have been reduced in length to allow Network Rail to alter the track layout. This enables a far higher-frequency service, necessary to deliver the additional capacity that is now needed to the south and west of London.
Becky Lumlock, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “Eurostar trains are some of the longest passenger trains to have operated on Britain’s railways but trains that long just wouldn’t fit onto the platforms in Britain’s network. On top of that, the old International Terminal was designed to only accommodate six train services every hour.
"So, as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan we are transforming the former International Terminal into a hub for trains from Waterloo to Windsor and Reading. To do this, we’ve shortened platforms 21-24 and we’re using this surplus space to install new sections of track in their place. This will allow us to vastly increase the maximum number of services that can arrive and depart in the former International Terminal from six trains to 18 trains every hour. Enabling a much higher frequency of services into Waterloo is essential to increasing capacity at the station by 30% and providing a better railway to passengers.”
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.