August Railway Upgrade Plan to deliver better, more reliable railway for passengers

Published on : Tuesday, August 16, 2016

bd7ec67b996942af81335768590da7daPassengers to the south and west of London are reminded to check before they travel this August bank holiday as they are set to benefit from a wide range of improvements to the line out of Waterloo as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.


During the bank holiday, when on average less than half the usual 4.5 million people per day use the railway, Network Rail will carry out a series of track and station upgrades between London Waterloo and Barnes, including:


  • Delivering another £350,000 slice of a £5m upgrade of the points, the equipment which allows trains to move between tracks, at Waterloo station.
  • Installing signal and communications equipment between Queenstown Road and Clapham Junction station as part of an £800m investment across the Wessex route.
  • Renewing tracks between Wandsworth Town and Putney station.
  • Renewing the surface on platforms 2 and 3 at Wandsworth Town station.


The upgrades are designed to improve the reliability and resilience of the railway in one of the most heavily-used stretches of the country’s rail network, and the work at London Waterloo continues the major work that took place over Easter 2016 (see video).


Samantha McCarthy, finance director responsible for Network Rail’s Wessex route said, “Waterloo is Britain’s busiest station with nearly 100 million journeys each year, and the lines that serve Waterloo are some of the most densely used in the country. Hundreds of thousands of people across the south will benefit from the upgrades we’re carrying out this August, and from our Railway Upgrade Plan for a better, more reliable railway.


“While the work will cause some temporary inconvenience, we have timed our upgrades to minimise disruption as much as possible and people using the lines into Waterloo will ultimately benefit from a more resilient and more reliable railway.


“The majority of the railway will be open, but passengers should check before they travel to avoid any problems getting to their destinations.”


Arthur Pretorius, customer service director for South West Trains, added: “The majority of our services will be running during the bank holiday to help passengers enjoy the long weekend. However, there are some amends to services, particularly between Clapham Junction and Barnes while improvement works are carried out.


“If you are travelling during this time, please check your journey in advance.”


As a result of the railway upgrade works this bank holiday, there will be changes to some services:


  • Fewer trains than normal will be running between London Waterloo and Clapham Junction, and no trains will operate between Clapham Junction and Barnes.
  • Part of London Waterloo station will also be closed and trains might not leave from their usual platforms – please check displays at station.
  • All South West Trains services will use platforms 5-8 at Vauxhall and 7-11 at Clapham Junction.
  • Queenstown Road station will have no service and passengers should use other stations nearby.


There will be further changes along the route and across the country, and passengers are advised to check before they travel.



Source:- Network Rail


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