Network Rail is beginning a £1.4m upgrade to extend the platforms at Camberley station this week, allowing longer trains to call at the station as part of the organisation’s Railway Upgrade Plan.
The work is just part of an £800m investment in the railway running into London Waterloo, the UK’s busiest railway station. It is the biggest package of improvements for passengers travelling to and from the central London hub for decades.
Seiki Payne, project manager at Network Rail said, “Since 1996 the number of passenger journeys on routes into and out of London Waterloo has increased from 108 million to over 230 million making it one of the most intensively used sections of the railway network in Britain, so we’re really excited to be delivering a better railway and better journeys for passengers on this route.
“Between now and January next year we’ll be extending the platforms at Camberley to accommodate longer trains as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. During this time there will be some disruption to weekend services and fewer parking spaces available in the car park so I’d like to remind all passengers to check before they travel while works are ongoing.”
Camberley is one of ten stations that will benefit from longer platforms, which will allow ten-car trains to operate, rather than just the current eight-car services, providing more space for passengers.
The new, longer services will be introduced in summer 2017. Other upgrades include rebuilding the former Waterloo International Terminal to provide an additional five platforms, and the introduction of 150 brand new carriages in the region’s rail network.
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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.
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