First MTR joins Waterloo upgrade talks
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.”