A year ago, Network Rail took over Clapham Junction and Guildford stations.
Today, they’re among some of the 20 biggest railway stations in Britain managed by Network Rail. These include London’s largest stations, Birmingham New Street and Glasgow Central.
Assuming the management of Clapham Junction and Guildford formed part of our national Railway Upgrade Plan to modernise the railway. The plan has just entered its final phases of providing better, more frequent and faster journeys for millions of passengers.
David Biggs, managing director of Network Rail Property, said in April last year that managing both stations would enable the company to deliver significant benefits to the railway, station users and surrounding communities.
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Important projects delivered across our managed stations portfolio include the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street, King’s Cross and London Bridge stations. Such projects improve customer experiences, create jobs and support economic growth. They also make underdeveloped land available for housing and commercial development.
What does it mean for Clapham Junction and Guildford?
Network Rail’s management of Clapham Junction and Guildford means it’s now responsible for maintenance and renewal work at the stations as well as all commercial activities, excluding ticket sales.
The stations benefit from new passenger-focused initiatives available at other Network Rail stations. These include free toilets at all 20 of our managed stations from April, making journeys more comfortable at some of Britain’s biggest and busiest transport hubs.
We’ve installed free, cold water fountains at our managed stations - keeping passengers hydrated and significantly reducing plastic waste. We estimate the fountains save the equivalent of up to 1,000 plastic bottles at each location a week.