Network Rail has revealed that they have invested £4 million pounds in upgrading Waterloo Station over the Easter period. The £4 million upgrade project that took place is part of the planned investment in to Waterloo & South West Upgrade. There is a plan to invest £800 million in the area of Waterloo ad the South West of England in order to deliver a more efficient service with a larger capacity for passengers.
Over the course of the Easter period more than 7,000 hours of work was carried out replacing important sections of the track and creating a new signaling gantry at Waterloo station. All of this work occurred over the course of three days, which is a massive achievement for the team at Network Rail. The new signaling gantry extends over platforms 1-8 and was carried out before the work to extent the first four platforms at the station. The platform extensions will take place during August this year when the station is expected to close for three and a half weeks.
The schedule of work that was completed over the Easter period has allowed Network Rail to move one step closer to increasing the capacity of Waterloo station. The Railway Upgrade Plan will improve the rail service for passenger all around the UK and make the services offered more reliable. Network Rail currently owns and manages 20,000 miles of track that make up the rail network around Britain. The company employs 36,000 people across the nation and their teams work around the clock to keep the rail network working as well as possible. The Railway Upgrade Plan is an investment by Network Rail in order to transform the rail network. The upgrade will be the largest scheme of work on the network since the Victorian era and will create a service that is faster and more reliable as well as able to accommodate more passengers.