Work to be­gin on ex­tend­ing plat­form

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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.

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