Railway Upgrade Plan update 2017 – 2018: Wessex

Wessex

In the Wessex route, we operate some of the busiest and most congested rail lines in the country, transporting large numbers of commuters to London and other employment hubs in Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire, as well as large numbers of leisure travellers to London and the south coast. In 1996, the lines to and from London Waterloo provided 108 million journeys per year. Today this has more than doubled to 234 million and this passenger growth is expected to continue, with projections indicating a further 40 per cent increase on the route by 2043. 

In the year ahead we are extending platforms to accommodate longer trains, providing step-free access at more stations, and continuing our huge investment at Waterloo to provide more platforms for more trains and improve reliability. In combination with the delivery of an additional 150 new train carriages, this work will result in a 30 per cent increase in capacity at Waterloo in the peak hours by December 2018.

In the year ahead we are extending platforms to accommodate longer trains, providing step-free access at more stations, and continuing our huge investment at Waterloo to provide more platforms for more trains and improve reliability. In combination with the delivery of an additional 150 new train carriages, this work will result in a 30 per cent increase in capacity at Waterloo in the peak hours by December 2018.