Network Rail has taken over the management of Clapham Junction and Guildford stations to allow major upgrade works to take place at the stations.
A £150M redevelopment of Guildford station has now been approved by the planning inspectorate with Network Rail saying it has “aspirations” to increase train capacity with a new platform and track works.
At Clapham Junction, Network Rail said it was developing options to relieve congestion in the short term and “investigating the feasibility of a more significant station redevelopment in the longer-term”.
If built, Crossrail 2 will tunnel directly underneath the platforms and tracks at Clapham and will require significant works to be completed to the station. These would include new entrances, ticket halls and the potential realignment of the road running alongside the station.
Clapham Junction Crossrail 2 tunnels under platforms and tracks
New Civil Engineer understands upgrades to Clapham Junction station as part of the Wessex upgrade programme were cut in favour of tying the works and the works necessary for Crossrail 2 together.
It is also understood several stakeholders are interested in building over site developments (OSDs) over the station, however it is not clear at this time how this would integrate with the as yet unfunded Crossrail 2 works.
Arup is currently developing designs for the Crossrail 2 stations in the southern part of the route which includes Clapham Junction Station. The contract, which included a cost saving exercise along the route was handed to Mott MacDonald and Arup in September last year.
Network Rail said it was necessary to manage the redevelopment projects at the two stations because the potential work, particularly at Clapham Junction, was on a scale that would extend beyond the life of South Western Railway’s franchise, from 2017 to 2024.
Under the new Network Rail management structure, South Western Railway will keep most day-to-day responsibilities for running the two stations with staff roles not directly affected.
However, Network Rail will now be responsible for maintenance and renewal work at the stations as well as all commercial activities, excluding ticket sales.
The transfer was included in the invitation to tender for the South Western franchise which was awarded to First MTR South Western Trains – a joint venture between MTR Corporation, 30% shareholding, and UK’s FirstGroup – in March last year.
Network Rail Wessex route chief operating officer Jason Bridges said he was delighted to take responsibility for the two stations.
“This is an important milestone in our work to give passengers a railway service fit for the 21st century as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan,” he said.
A public consultation on Crossrail 2 was due to take place in January this year. However, it was pushed back when the government requested an independent funding review of the £31bn mega-project, which will not report its findings until late summer.
The Wessex upgrade included the major works to Waterloo station to increase capacity and reinstate the previously mothballed Eurostar terminal.