Network Rail has said it is continuing with its plans to partially close Waterloo this August, despite reports that increased disruption could lead to the project being scaled back or delayed.
The proposed £800M upgrade to the station includes extending platforms one to four this August. The original plans were for two of the lines into Waterloo to be closed during this period and passengers have been advised to take holidays or arrange alternative transport during the works.
In a the Sunday Times report at the weekend, it was claimed that the number of lines into the station being closed could now be increased to four, because of the impact on signalling and points. The newspaper says this could lead to the cancellation of 75% of services. It warns that this level of disruption could force Network Rail to delay or cut back the project.
Waterloo is Britain’s busiest station with more than 99M passengers per year. The £800M programme will add five platforms; extend platforms to accommodate longer trains between Waterloo and Reading; introduce new trains for services between Waterloo and Windsor; and introduce longer trains on London suburban services.
The Sunday Times reported that between 5 and 28 August, platforms 1 to 9 will close for three and a half weeks, while platforms 20 to 24 will temporarily re-open.
A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We are continuing to proceed with our plans for the August partial closure of Waterloo. We have no plans to further reduce services beyond that which has already been widely communicated to passengers.”