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Video | Behind the scenes at the Waterloo upgrade

Waterloo upgrade

Network Rail has started work on an intensive three-week series of platform alterations at Waterloo station in London, part of the station’s £800M upgrade.

Some 1,000 workers are undertaking around-the-clock shifts, putting in 250,000 man hours, to build extensions onto platforms one to four, and to modify platforms five to eight, so that longer, modern trains can run from December 2017.

Network Rail has been warning passengers for months about a reduced service into Waterloo and the knock-on impact on congestion at commuter line stations and other London hubs, although there have been mixed reports about the level of disruption, with some commuters complaining of overcrowding, while at other times trains arrive into an unusually quiet station.

The video was put together by S&C South Alliance, of which Network Rail is a member. Other firms include Aecom and Colas Rail.

Source: Network Rail

Network Rail route managing director Becky Lumlock said: “We’ve had 1,000 engineers and track-side staff working shifts round the clock since 1am on Saturday morning, and they’ll be continuing to work 24 hours a day to complete the upgrade.”

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