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Waterloo International station to reopen in July 2014

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.

Readers' comments (2)

  • This idea has been floating around for so long that most of us had gone to sleep and forgotten all about it. So, the effect is that it almost sounded like a novel announcement when Justine Greening handed out her Christmas present on the last working day before the holiday. The critical question is: how much did DfT spend on consultants fees before being brave enough to give it the go ahead?

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  • We must be the only country to build a brand new international station and then close it after a relatively short time span then leave it idle for yeaars when our railway network is desperate for capacity.
    We don not know the meaning of long term planning!

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