More dis­rup­tion on trains as Water­loo works con­tinue

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By JOHN WAKE­FIELD

PAS­SEN­GERS are be­ing warned that a re­duced timetable will op­er­ate out of Lon­don Water­loo dur­ing the au­tumn.

Trains run­ning to the cap­i­tal on the South Western Rail­way line will be af­fected over se­lected week­ends be­tween now and mid-Novem­ber.

The re­duced ca­pac­ity is to en­able Net­work Rail to com­plete work to up­grade track and sig­nalling be­tween Water­loo and Vaux­hall. When fin­ished, it will en­able the sta­tions to ac­cept the new longer, mod­ern trains that will soon be brought into ser­vice.

It is all part of an £800 mil­lion up­grade to the sta­tion, with the aim of cre­at­ing space for an ad­di­tional 45,000 pas­sen­gers at peak times by the end of next year.

Work will be un­der­taken over the fol­low­ing week­ends: Septem­ber 16 and 17 Septem­ber 23 and 24, Septem­ber 30 and Oc­to­ber 1 Oc­to­ber 8

Oc­to­ber 14 and 15

Novem­ber 12

Becky Lum­lock, route man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Net­work Rail, said: “This au­tumn we are con­tin­u­ing to de­liver our £800 mil­lion Water­loo & South West Up­grade to boost ca­pac­ity at Water­loo by 30%.

“As planned, we will be con­tin­u­ing our up­grades over seven week­ends be­tween Septem­ber and Novem­ber, lay­ing new track and ca­bles be­tween Water­loo and Vaux­hall and build­ing new stair­wells at Vaux­hall to make room for more pas­sen­gers.

“While we con­tinue our up­grade work, some plat­forms at Water­loo and Vaux­hall will need to close so South Western Rail­way will be op­er­at­ing a re­duced ser­vice over th­ese week­ends. I’d ask pas­sen­gers to re­mem­ber to check be­fore they travel and plan ahead for the changes via na­tion­al­rail.co.uk.”

Andy Mel­lors, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at South Western Rail­way, added: “The re­cent weeks have been a chal­leng­ing time for pas­sen­gers and em­ploy­ees alike. We’d like to apol­o­gise for the con­tin­ued dis­rup­tion to ser­vices and thank them for their pa­tience whilst th­ese vi­tal Water­loo up­grade works are com­pleted.”

Pas­sen­gers are ad­vised to check their jour­ney in the week be­fore they travel by vis­it­ing na­tion­al­rail. co.uk or south­west­ern­rail­way.com

Work to com­plete an ex­pan­sion of Lon­don Water­loo will see ser­vices dis­rupted over sev­eral week­ends this au­tumn

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