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
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.