Monday 27 Mar 2017
VIDEO: Network Rail replaces track at Waterloo for a more reliable railway
Network Rail has completed three weekends of work at Waterloo to replace key sections of track as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan for a better railway for passengers.
Network Rail’s orange army worked around the clock over three weekends in March to replace large sections of the switches and crossings – which allow trains to move between tracks and to access the correct platforms – at Waterloo. Some of the switches and crossings replaced during the work will ensure that trains can access the former International Terminal, which Network Rail is currently rebuilding to provide an extra five platforms at Waterloo.
Stuart Kistruck, director of route asset management at Network Rail, said: “As one of the most heavily used sections of railway in Britain, it is essential that we carry out these upgrades as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, to provide passengers with a reliable service.
“At the same time, we’re also preparing the track to accommodate more trains as part of our £800 million upgrade, and the work this month is a vital part of that. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we’ve carried out our work.”
Passengers using Waterloo are also advised that Network Rail will be continuing work to deliver its £800 million Waterloo & South West Upgrade over the Easter weekend, and there will be reduced services at the station from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 April (inclusive). Passengers can check how their journeys are impacted on nationalrail.co.uk, and can find out more information on the Waterloo & South West Upgrade at networkrail.co.uk/wswupgrade.
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.