Published: Tue, August 08, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Waterloo station: Commuters hit by engineering upgrade work

Waterloo station: Commuters hit by engineering upgrade work

In the coming weeks rail passengers using Euston, London Bridge and Charing Cross will also experience periods of closure or disruption.

What is happening at Waterloo and why?

Work began on Saturday morning at the station where ten platforms are now shut for the next three-and-a-half weeks to make room for the work. But numerous platforms are not long enough, so they need to be extended.

The Waterloo work will culminate over the August bank holiday weekend, when it will be one of a number of large projects being carried out.

To ease some of the impact of the construction work, the old Eurostar platforms at the station are being used for the first time since the cross-Channel service moved to St Pancras in 2007.

"From the end of this year our passengers will be able to enjoy a much more comfortable journey into this station, with longer, modern trains", said Becky Lumlock, route managing director at Network Rail.

The £800million Waterloo and South West Upgrade is created to bring faster and more frequent services with a new fleet of 30 trains, providing 150 extra carriages between London and Windsor.

With an upgrade planned for Waterloo station in August, fewer train services will run while work takes place to extend the platforms.

Which stations will be most affected?

Many boasted on social media of having their pick of seats as they posted images of empty carriages on their early Monday commute.

On the main lines from Bournemouth, Southampton and Winchester, morning rush-hour services will be cut by 54 per cent. Busy stations such as Clapham Junction and Wimbledon plan to operate a queuing system.

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