Delays warning ahead of £800m Waterloo station revamp

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 4, 2017

Passengers going through London Waterloo are warned to prepare for major disruption once a massive project begins on Saturday.

Longer trains will run throughout the day to provide more space and help passengers travel outside of the busiest times.

Almost half of Waterloo station will be closed until August 28, causing a significant reduction in South West Trains services.

Commuters and rail passengers on west London suburban routes to London Waterloo may be able to board new ten-carriage trains with toilets and faster Wi-Fi in two years' time.

Rail chiefs have urged passengers to avoid popular terminal stations during rush hour, use alternative routes instead or consider taking a holiday and working from home.

Platforms 1-9 at will be closed, while platforms 20-24 will temporarily open with limited services operating.

Stations and trains are likely to be much busier than normal between Waterloo and Winchester, Yeovil, Basingstoke, Woking, Guildford, Portsmouth, Dorking, Shepperton, Richmond, Staines and Ascot.

Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne has previously admitted he is "worried there will be challenging days" and accepted that "there are going to be days when the service is very hard for people".

Steve Montgomery, managing director of First Rail, said: "We have exciting plans for the South Western rail franchise and these new trains are an important step on the way to delivering an improved journey experience for our passengers".

Commuters cycle past a bus queue outside Waterloo Station in London.

The platforms are being extended to allow for longer trains with more seats.

This phase of the project culminates on the August Bank Holiday weekend, when work is also happening at London Bridge, Euston, Liverpool Street and Paddington.

The work at Euston will be one of the first major physical projects in preparation for the HS2 high-speed railway, as a new power supply is installed at the station.

Network Rail carries out major engineering work on bank holidays as they said there are up to 50% fewer passengers using the services during the holiday period.

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