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Waterloo Station

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what capital investment her Department plans to make at Waterloo station in the next 10 years; what further options for investment at Waterloo are under consideration; and if she will make a statement. (207334)

We are planning a large scheme to make the platforms at Waterloo long enough to accommodate 10 and 12 car trains and in addition, to modify the junction layout on the approaches to the station. This would allow the use of up to 50 per cent. longer trains and increase capacity.

The scheme also presents opportunities at Waterloo International to reconfigure the passenger circulation space and the interchange with other transport modes, and to better integrate the station into the surrounding area. The Department for Transport has included an allowance of between £150 million and £200 million in the High Level Output Specification (HLOS) for these and the associated works on the South Western network. The works could be in place from 2012-14.

In the meantime, the Department is working closely with Network Rail and Stagecoach South Western Trains (SSWT) to finalise the design and costs of the partial conversion of Waterloo International to accommodate some domestic services. Therefore some services could use platform 20 of Waterloo International from December 2008. This scheme is likely to cost in the region of £5 million.

For the longer term, the Department and Network Rail are looking at the much larger, comprehensive redevelopment of the Waterloo complex to meet the demands and capacity requirements at the station over the coming decades. Such a major re-design of the station could be linked to a large scale commercial development at the site.