Investment of over £800m to improve Britain’s busiest railway station22 March 2016
Network Rail, with partners including the Department for
Transport and South West Trains, have today (Wednesday 23 March) launched a
programme of investment at London Waterloo worth more than £800m.
- An artist's impression of the Waterloo upgrade
The package of improvements will increase capacity and
improve over half-a-million daily journeys through the station, which is both Britain’s
busiest – with over 99 million passengers passing through last year – and the main transport
hub for one of the busiest railways in Britain.
It is the biggest investment in London Waterloo for decades
and will deliver a 30 per cent increase in peak-time capacity by 2019 through a
bigger, better station, longer platforms – both at Waterloo and at 10 stations
on the line – for longer trains to Reading, a new fleet of Siemens Class 707
trains, as well as new technology to make trains more efficient and help
We are delighted to be part of the continued
investment in Britain’s rail network and to be introducing a new fleet of 30,
five-car Siemens Desiro City Class 707 trains.
The new trains are lighter, more
energy-efficient and will significantly increase the amount of available seats
The Class 707 will also improve
the overall passenger experience offering free Wi-Fi, air conditioned coaches,
full-width gangways and wider doors to make it easier and quicker to get on and
off the trains.
Steve Scrimshaw, managing director of Siemens Rail Systems
Improvements to depots and sidings will also help with the
maintenance of the network’s biggest ever fleet of trains.
The majority of the station and infrastructure improvements
are funded by the Department for Transport and as part of Network Rail’s
Railway Upgrade. Investment is also being made in 150 new train carriages to
create extra capacity for South West Trains passengers between London Waterloo
and Windsor & Eton Riverside.
We are investing £40 billion in our nation’s railway
infrastructure – the biggest upgrade since the Victorian times.
passengers will benefit from a bigger and better London Waterloo station and
150 new train carriages providing more space for passengers arriving at London
Waterloo over the three-hour morning peak – this is in addition to the 108
extra carriages that have already been added since 2013.
will make journeys better for hard-working commuters, in the capital and across
Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport
Work starts this month to rebuild the former Waterloo
International Terminal to allow platforms 20–24 back into use with modern
facilities, new track and signalling and a spacious, accessible concourse
suitable for thousands of passengers.
Platforms 1–4 will be extended – with significant changes to
the usual passenger timetable required during the work, which starts in August
2017 – to allow longer, 10-car trains to run to London suburban stations.
The improvements at London Waterloo will be complemented by
enhancements at Vauxhall and Surbiton stations to increase capacity and improve
This is the biggest package of improvements for
passengers travelling to and from Waterloo for decades. It will provide
passengers with a better station, extra seats and new trains.
face it, this is not before time. Since 1996, the numbers of passengers on
routes into Waterloo have more than doubled - rising from 108 million passenger
journeys a year to over 230 million. And this increase is showing no sign
of slowing down.
As part of
our Railway Upgrade Plan, Network Rail is investing £40 billion to provide a
bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers across Britain. The plans
announced today will create a bigger, better Waterloo and improve passengers’
journeys on our most congested part of Britain's railway. They are a long
way from being the complete answer to the peak-time congestion on this packed
commuter route, but they will make a big difference.
Sir Peter Hendy, chairman, Network Rail
The programme of works is expected to be completed in
December 2018 with all 24 platforms in use and a new timetable introduced.
Find out more about the Waterloo improvement programme