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  • Wessex Capacity Improvement Programme

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    The railway services to and from London Waterloo are some of Britain's busiest, providing more than half a million passenger journeys every day and more than 230million every year  an increase of more than 100 per cent in the last 20 years. London Waterloo is also Britain's busiest station, with over 99million passengers in the last year. We plan to invest over £800million to provide the biggest increase in capacity for decades. For more information on how these vital works will effect train services visit our Waterloo and South West upgrade page. 

  • On 23 March 2016 the Department for Transport, Network Rail and South West  Trains unveiled investment plans that will see the biggest package of improvements for passengers travelling to and from London Waterloo for decades.

    The investment will deliver: 

    • A bigger and better London Waterloo  including:
    • Rebuilding the former Waterloo International Terminal, allowing platforms 20-24 to be brought back into use with modern facilities, new track and signalling and a layout suitable for thousands of domestic passengers. 
    • Extending platforms 1-4 to allow longer ten-car trains to run to London suburban stations.
    • Creating a spacious, modern and accessible station concourse near platforms 20-24.
    • Fleet of brand new trains with improved facilities. 
    • Extended platforms at stations allowing longer trains with room for more passengers.
    • Upgrades to maintenance facilities to handle the UK’s largest ever train fleet.
    • A 30 per cent increase in capacity during the morning and evening peaks.
    • Significantly improved passenger facilities.

    This project represents the largest investment on this route in decades and will provide a significant increase in capacity for passengers on one of the UK’s busiest railways.

    Timing of  works: 

    •  April 2016 - The former Waterloo International Terminal is closed for all train services including in times of disruption and becomes a dedicated construction site.
    • February 2017 – Platform 20 handed back to Network Rail and train services reinstated.
    • June/July 2017 – Platforms 21-24 handed back and works to prepare the former International Terminal for temporary use during August 2017.
    • August 2017 – 23 day closure of platforms 1-8 (Monday 5 August to Bank Holiday Monday 28 August inclusive) to extend Platforms 1-4 for 10-carriage trains. This will mean Platforms 1-9 and Waterloo South Sidings will be closed throughout. Platforms 20-24 to be temporarily used by passenger services during this period.
    • August 2017 - December 2018 Once platforms 1 – 9 re-open, platforms 20 – 24 will be closed to passengers again to allow the remaining station construction to take place.
    • December 2017 - 10-carriage services start running from Platforms 1-4 on the suburban network during the morning and evening peak periods.
    • December 2018 - Platforms 21-24 open and incorporated into December 2018 timetable with additional train services being provided.

    Investment and improvements along the Wessex line will be funded by the Department for Transport and delivered by Network Rail in partnership with South West Trains, Wessex Capacity Alliance (comprised of Network Rail, Colas Rail, Mott McDonald and Aecom) and Siemens.

    All these works, which are part of the £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan, are vital in delivering our strategy to provide a safe, reliable and efficient railway fit for the 21st century.

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