Friday 21 Jul 2017
TIMELAPSE: Watch the installation of new footbridge inside London Waterloo station
Newly released timelapse footage* from Network Rail and South West Trains shows the installation of London Waterloo’s brand new footbridge, which connects the main station concourse to the former International Terminal.
It is an integral part of the £800 million Waterloo & South West Upgrade and is a vital step in being able to provide capacity for 45,000 extra passengers at Waterloo during the morning and evening peak hours, equivalent to more than the capacity of the Oval and O2 Arena combined, by December 2018.
The new footbridge will be temporarily open to passengers during August, before closing again to enable work on the footbridge and in the International Terminal to complete.
Stewart Firth, director of route sponsorship at Network Rail, said: “The new footbridge is a vital step in opening up the five former international platforms to tens of millions of passengers each year, and it demonstrates the enormous progress that has already been made at the station.
“There is still a huge amount of work to do before the International Terminal is complete, and a lot of the finishes in place at the moment are only temporary. However, passengers will get an early glimpse of the massive change going on at the station this August while we turn our attention to the other end of the station and extend platforms 1-4 to accommodate longer, 10-car trains.”
Adam Piddington, customer service director at South West Trains, added: “The completion of the new footbridge is another important step forward in delivering a bigger and better London Waterloo which will allow more and longer trains for the thousands of passengers who use this railway every day.
“The temporary reopening of platforms 20-24 will help to provide some capacity for passengers during the works on platforms 1-10 but we continue to urge passengers to check ahead and plan their journey. The timetable during this time will still be significantly reduced and fewer trains will run.”
From 5-28 August platforms 1-10 will close while Network Rail carries out work to eight platforms. Passengers are being advised to expect severe disruption, particularly during the busiest periods, and Network Rail has asked passengers to consider working from home or travelling earlier or later to avoid the busiest times of the day.
More information can be found at southwesttrains.co.uk/wswupgrade
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.