TIMELAPSE: 60,000 man hours in 60 seconds

Work is continuing apace at London Waterloo as Network Rail is delivering one of the largest and most complex upgrades in the history of Britain’s busiest station.

In just six days of work, platform extensions under construction have already taken shape. The new platforms will create room for longer trains to run to and from Waterloo.

This will provide more comfortable journeys for the tens of millions of passengers who travel in and out of the station every year.

So far, 1,000 engineers and track workers have:

  • worked 60,000 hours;
  • laid 1,270 metres of track;
  • demolished 376 metres of platforms to make way for the new platforms;
  • poured 230 metres of concrete; and
  • drunk 20,000 cups of tea and 30,000 cups of coffee.

To deliver the work safely, Network Rail has closed platforms 1-10 until work is complete on 28 August.

Work will continue 24 hours a day, and Network Rail reminds passengers to check before they travel, and to continue avoiding the station at the busiest times of day throughout August.