The former Waterloo International Station is to be reopened for commuter services transport secretary Justine Greening announced today.
The move will allow 60 extra carriages to be accommodated at Waterloo. These are being leased by South West Trains with government funding.
It means that services from Windsor, Weybridge (via Staines), Portsmouth, Southampton, Eastleigh, Reading, Hounslow and Alton into Waterloo can be lengthened and additional services will also run from Reading. Their deployment will mean that platform 20 at the former Waterloo International Terminal will come back into use from July 2014.
Network Rail said it was continuing to progress plans to make further use of Waterloo and Waterloo International to cope with future demand. Its London & South East Route Utilisation Strategy states that construction of a flyover at Clapham Junction to enable 16-car trains from the Southampton line to run into Waterloo International platforms may need to be taken forward in the longer term, but only if “no other more affordable options to cater for the forecast future growth in passengers can be developed”. No detailed development of this scheme has been carried out to date.
Transport for London’s January 2006 response to the draft RUS recommended such a scheme in the medium term.