London Waterloo..Day 1 and Day 23. (Network Rail Images)
Network Rail has now fully reopened Waterloo station after completing one of the largest and most complex upgrades in the station’s history.
However, due to safety critical work to test the signalling taking slightly longer than planned early this morning, we are expecting disruption to the morning rush hour. Network Rail apologises to passengers for any delays to their journey and asks them to check before they travel this morning.
A 1,000-strong team of engineers and trackside staff have been working 24 hours a day for the last three and half weeks to complete the work this morning (Tuesday, 29 August).
During the three week project, platforms 1-4 were extended to accommodate longer, 10-car trains, creating more space for passengers.
The work was an essential part of the £800 million Waterloo and South West Upgrade which will boost capacity at the station by 30% by December 2018, providing space for another 45,000 passengers at morning and evening peaks.
Network Rail thanks passengers for their patience over August.
Becky Lumlock, route managing director at Network Rail, said:
Over the three and a half weeks there have been:
Andy Mellors, managing director for South Western Railway, said:
Rail passengers travelling from some stations in Kent are asked to check before travel today (Tuesday 29 August) as trains which had been scheduled to run into Waterloo while major improvement work is carried out in and around London Bridge will run to and from London Blackfriars instead. Passengers can check before they travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk.
All other Network Rail worksites, including the HS2 enabling works at Euston station, have completed.