A timelapse video showing work at the former Eurostar terminal at Waterloo station in London has been released by Network Rail.
The work, part of the £800M Waterloo and South West upgrade, involves demolishing the far sections of platforms 21-24. It will mean that track layout can be changed to enable a higher-frequency service.
“Eurostar trains are some of the longest passenger trains to have operated on Britain’s railways but trains that long just wouldn’t fit onto the platforms in Britain’s network. On top of that, the old International Terminal was designed to only accommodate six train services every hour,” said Network Rail route managing director Becky Lumlock.
“So, as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan we are transforming the former International Terminal into a hub for trains from Waterloo to Windsor and Reading. To do this, we’ve shortened platforms 21-24 and we’re using this surplus space to install new sections of track in their place. This will allow us to vastly increase the maximum number of services that can arrive and depart in the former International Terminal from six trains to 18 trains every hour. Enabling a much higher frequency of services into Waterloo is essential to increasing capacity at the station by 30% and providing a better railway to passengers.”