First MTR joins Water­loo up­grade talks

Rail (UK) - - Network News -

First MTR has at­tended joint plan­ning meet­ings re­lat­ing to the planned up­grade works at Lon­don Water­loo this Au­gust, ac­cord­ing to Rail Min­is­ter Paul May­nard.

The scheme in­volves clo­sure of part of the sta­tion, with pas­sen­gers di­verted to other sta­tions in the cap­i­tal, and the tem­po­rary re­open­ing of part of Water­loo’s In­ter­na­tional plat­forms.

Dur­ing the works First MTR will re­place Stage­coach as the South Western fran­chise op­er­a­tor, and Sarah Ol­ney (Lib­eral Democrats, Rich­mond Park) had asked Govern­ment what as­sess­ment of the po­ten­tial im­pli­ca­tions had been made.

In a Com­mons Writ­ten Re­ply on April 20, May­nard said: “The cur­rent train op­er­a­tor and Net­work Rail have de­vel­oped a de­tailed plan for the works at Lon­don Water­loo. First MTR South Western Trains Ltd has at­tended joint plan­ning meet­ings for the works, and will con­tinue to fol­low the agreed plan when it takes over the fran­chise.

“First MTR South Western Trains Ltd will have a mo­bil­i­sa­tion pe­riod of over four months to pre­pare for fran­chise com­mence­ment, and it is also ex­pected that the ma­jor­ity of cur­rent staff will trans­fer into the new fran­chise.”

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