Waterloo and South West upgrade

There are more than 230 million passenger journeys on the railway to and from London Waterloo every year – an increase of over 100 per cent in 20 years. Investment will transform the station and improve passenger services

We’re investing £800m to improve and increase the capacity of London Waterloo, Britain’s busiest station and one of the country’s most used railways, with a programme of work from 2016 to 2018.

Wessex london waterloo station

Work on the Waterloo and South West upgrade started in April 2016 when we began re-developing the former Waterloo International Terminal for domestic services. The project is expected to be complete by December 2018 and will provide the biggest package of improvements to London Waterloo since the 1930s.

Benefits for millions of passengers

At peak times, a train arrives or departs almost every minute and major upgrade and improvement works are essential to help more people travel into and out of London Waterloo.

This project is part of our London Railway Upgrade Plan, creating new connections and making space for 45,000 extra passengers every morning and every evening – equivalent to a 30% boost in peak time capacity at Waterloo.

What the work involves

  • Rebuilding the former Waterloo International Terminal and bringing platforms 20–24 back into use with modern facilities, new track and signalling, and a layout that meets the needs of thousands of passengers.
  • Extending platforms 1–4 to allow longer 10-carriage trains – instead of the current eight-carriage ones – to run to London suburban stations for the first time in the busiest periods.
  • Extending platforms at Ascot, Bracknell, Camberley, Chertsey, Egham, Feltham, Martins Heron, Sunningdale, Virginia Water and Wokingham will also be extended to accommodate these longer trains.
  • Creating a spacious, modern and accessible station concourse near platforms 20–24.
  • Introducing a fleet of 150 air-conditioned carriages with improved facilities, including better on-board train information, free passenger Wi-Fi and open gangways to allow passengers to see through and walk the length of the train much more easily.



Investing in your railway

Investment and improvements along the Wessex line will be funded by the Department for Transport and delivered by Network Rail in partnership with South Western Railway, the Wessex Capacity Alliance and Siemens.