Published on : Saturday, November 5, 2016
Passengers at Sunningdale station will soon benefit from longer trains as Network Rail’s work to extend the station’s platforms continues.The longer platforms are on track to be completed by February 2017, ahead of the launch of longer trains in summer 2017. Work completed so far includes the commissioning of the new signalling at the station, and large sections of the new platforms.
The upgrades at Sunningdale are just one part of the £800 million Waterloo and South West Upgrade, the biggest package of improvements for passengers travelling on this railway for decades, and will provide thousands more seats for passengers on trains between London Waterloo and Reading.
Stewart Firth, principal sponsor at Network Rail said, “Passengers at Sunningdale will have seen the work progressing at a fantastic rate over the last few months, and I’m delighted to say that it’s all due to be delivered on time by February.
“The enormous investment along the route, part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, will provide passengers with a better railway and better services, and passengers at Sunningdale will be some of the first to benefit when longer services begin operating next summer.”
The Waterloo and South West Upgrade will ultimately provide an extra 30% capacity at London Waterloo. As well as providing longer platforms for longer trains along the route, this will be achieved by bringing the former Waterloo International Terminal into use, which will provide an extra five platforms in Waterloo, and by introducing a fleet of brand new trains, providing 150 additional carriages.
Between now and February 2017 Network Rail will complete the construction of the platform extensions and will install a new substation to the rear of the station car park.