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
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.