Tuesday 30 Aug 2016
TIMELAPSE VIDEO: Bank Holiday upgrades deliver better railway for passengers
Passengers to the south and west of London will benefit from a more reliable and resilient railway thanks to Network Rail’s bank holiday upgrades completed this weekend.
The work, completed on time as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, delivered a series of track and station upgrades between London Waterloo and Barnes station, including:
- Delivering another £350,000 slice of a £5m upgrade of the points, the equipment which allows trains to move between tracks, at Waterloo station
- Installing signal and communications equipment between Queenstown Road and Clapham Junction station as part of an £800m investment across the Wessex route
- Renewing tracks between Wandsworth Town and Putney station
- Renewing the surface on platforms 2 and 3 at Wandsworth Town station
Timelapse footage from the weekend shows the work at Waterloo station, where a team of engineers worked around the clock to replace three sections of track.
Lee McCarthy, programme manager at Network Rail said, “The work we have delivered this weekend as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan focused on one of the most heavily used sections of the railway in Britain.
“Our work to bring the Waterloo International Terminal back into use is well under way, and by 2018 capacity at the station will have increased by 30% so it’s vital that we continue investing to provide a better railway for the growing number of passengers.
“I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carried out our upgrades this weekend.”
The upgrades are designed to improve the reliability and resilience of the railway in one of the most heavily-used stretches of the country’s rail network, which will pave the way for future growth in passenger capacity at Waterloo station from 2018.
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.