Work to begin on extending platform
WORK will begin on Sunday to extend the platforms and install a new footbridge at Virginia Water station.
The upgrade is part of an £800 million investment programme in the railway running to London Waterloo and comes a week after work started to lengthen the platforms at Chertsey station.
Catherine Oldham, project sponsor at Network Rail, said: “Between now and April 2017, we will be extending the platforms at Virginia Water to accommodate longer trains, and during this time we’ll also be installing a fully accessible footbridge as part of the government’s Access for All (AfA) fund.
“There will be some disruption to weekend services as a result, so I’d like to remind all passengers to check before they travel while works are ongoing.”
The work begins as Network Rail launches its Spaces and Places for Everyone campaign to improve journeys for disabled passengers.
Mark Carne, chief executive at Network Rail, said: “We are committed to doing what is necessary to make sure that inclusivity is deeply embedded in our culture.
“Only then will our railway be a place where everyone can travel equally, confidently and independently.”
Virginia Water is one of 10 stations that will benefit from longer platforms, which will allow 10-car trains to operate, rather than just the current eight-car services.