Network Rail pledges £800m to improve Waterloo

London Waterloo during rush hour.
Network Rail announces investment on Waterloo and south-west
Published Thu, 2016-03-24 11:48

Network Rail has launched an £800 billion programme of improvement works for Waterloo station and rail services in London's south west.

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London Waterloo during rush hour. Photo: Licensed under Creative Commons - Diliff CC BY-SA 3.0,

The work is set to boost capacity and improve journeys at Britain’s busiest railway station.
 
Plans include rebuilding Waterloo's international terminal, extending platforms, and the introduction of a new fleet of Siemens-built Class 707 trains. There are also plans to construct longer platforms for up to 10 stations along the line to Reading.
 
London Waterloo is Britain’s busiest railway station, used by 99 million passengers last year. Journeys have more than doubled in the last two decades to 234 million per year, and further growth of 40% by 2043 is forecast.  
 
In a statement Network Rail said the programme of work would boost the station’s peak time capacity by 30 per cent by 2019.
 
“These works will pave the way for improvements to longer distance routes into London Waterloo and long term digital railway systems required to meet the increasing demand for rail services projected,” the statement read.
 
The Department of Transport will fund most of the improvements as part of Network Rail’s £40 billion Railway Upgrade Plan. Investment is also being made in a fleet of 150 new train carriages to create extra capacity for South West Trains passengers.
 
Network Rail also promised improvements to Vauxhall and Surbiton stations.