The abandoned Eurostar terminal has reopened as part of an £800M upgrade to Waterloo station.
Three new platforms (20 to 22) are now up and running, with platforms 23 and 24 set for operation in May 2019.
It is the first time the platforms at the old Eurostar terminal have been used since the international service moved to St Pancras in 2007.
This follows work to extend platforms at Waterloo, and nine other stations along the route, making room for longer trains, with more than 15,000 more seats provided for passengers over the last year.
The former Eurostar terminal at Waterloo station reopened permanently this morning (10 December) for the first time since international services moved to St Pancras in 2007, as part of the £800 million project to increase capacity on the South Western Railway network.
Passengers will benefit from more space at Britain’s busiest railway station, with platforms 20 to 22 now in use for regular services to Reading, Windsor and south west London.
Platforms 23 and 24 are set to come into use in May next year as part of the next timetable change. By December 2020, South Western Railway will have provided a total of 52,000 extra peak time seats into and out of Waterloo.
As part of the works 3,477 m³ of concrete has been used, 131km of cable has been laid and 640 m³ of spoil has been excavated.
Network Rail Wessex route managing director Andy Thomas said: “We are putting passengers at the heart of our approach to running the railway, and this incredible piece of engineering is all about giving better journeys to the many millions of people who travel on this route every year.
“Thousands of our engineers and track staff have worked tirelessly over the last three years, rebuilding this iconic terminal from the top to bottom.
“It has been an enormous job and I’m delighted to be reopening on time, helping us support economic growth by better connecting businesses and communities.”
The developer LCR will begin work next year to fit a new retail, leisure and cultural destination underneath platforms 20 to 24, set to open in 2021.
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