London Underground's Waterloo & City line reopened yesterday after a £40 million major upgrade by to increase capacity and improve service.
Metronet and its principal contractor Balfour Beatty Rail has made improvements in the entire railway environment on the 108-year-old line, from journey times to station facilities. Journeys should now be shorter and smoother in smarter carriages and platforms and more reliable thanks to a separate power supply to the A new service control system, to be commissioned early next year, will allow five trains to operate instead of four, further improving the timetable and delivering in total 20-25% more rush hour trains. Metronet chief programmes officer, Stephen Hall, said at yesterdays launch: 'Passengers today clearly appreciated the quality of what we have delivered. The station platforms are significantly better and the trains are vastly improved. The ride before was jolting and is now smooth and journeys are more reliable. Speed restrictions have been removed and from early next year rush-hour capacity will be increased by up to 25 per cent. 'The upgrade has been a complex project, completed within a challenging timescale. The task was made harder by the fact the line is physically isolated from the rest of the Underground - most materials and equipment could only be lifted in and out of the underground depot. In total, there were 14,000 separate crane lifts.'