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Network Rail outlines £2bn works pipeline on major route out of Waterloo

Network rail's orange army repair a section of track

Network Rail has outlined £2bn worth of works on the Wessex rail network through Surrey and its surrounding areas for Control Period 6 (CP6).

Network Rail will spend the funds between 2019 and 2024 to replace and maintain existing infrastructure on the route out of Waterloo, into Surrey and surrounding areas. The funding package for the area represents a 20% increase on funds available for CP5, Network Rail has said.

Works on the route will include: 

  • Track renewal for eight key junctions at Nine Elms, Wimbledon, Berrylands, Twickenham, Witton, Staines, Wokingham and Guildford
  • Reducing the risk of landslips during bad weather at Wimbledon, New Malden and Pirbright
  • Installing brand new signalling at Feltham and reliability of services from Reading and Windsor into London Waterloo
  • Bridge strengthening and renewals in Stoughton and Farnham
  • Improvements to Victoria Arch bridge at Woking
  • Station improvements, including reglazing part of the original Victorian glass roof at Waterloo station and platform work at Clapham Junction and Guildford stations to reduce the gap between trains and platforms
  • Installing digital rail equipment
  • Drainage work to reduce railway flood risk at Guildford.

Wessex route managing director Becky Lumlock said: “With almost a quarter of billion passenger journeys a year, this part of the railway is under enormous pressure. The next five years are about making sure our tracks, our signals, our bridges and everything in-between, are in first-class condition and can support this growing demand.

“We know we still have much to do to improve train performance on our route and, working with South Western Railway, this funding will help us do that for the communities we serve.”

The Wessex route budget has been set out in the Office of Road and Rail’s (ORR) final determination of Network Rail spending between 2019 and 2024.

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