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Waterloo-Reading line capacity boost latest

Martins heron

Network Rail has announced platform improvements for Martins Heron station in Berkshire. 

This Sunday (19 June) work will begin on a platform extension for the station.

The longer platform will allow 10-car trains to operate rather than the current eight-car service. Longer trains are scheduled to be introduced in 2018. 

“Between now and the end of October we’ll be extending the platforms at Martins Heron to accommodate longer trains. During this time there will be some disruption to weekend services,” said Network Rail project sponsor Catherine Oldham.

Network Rail is investing £800M in works on railway lines running into London Waterloo under the Rail Upgrade Plan.

“Since 1996 the number of passenger journeys on routes into and out of London Waterloo has increased from 108M to over 230M making it one of the most intensively used sections of the railway network in Britain, so we’re really excited to be delivering more capacity and better journeys for passengers on this route,” added Oldham.

The Rail Upgrade Plan also includes plans for five new platforms at Waterloo, and 150 new carriages on the region’s rail network. 


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