Published on : Wednesday, December 7, 2016
New figures released this morning (Tuesday, 6 January) by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) reveal that London Waterloo remains Britain’s busiest station with annual passenger numbers reaching over 99 million in one year, as Network Rail and South West Trains continue their work to boost capacity at the station by 30%.
The total number of passenger journeys at London Waterloo, as measured by entries and exits, reached 99.1 million for 2015/16, while Clapham Junction has replaced Charing Cross in the Top 10 most used stations with 32.2 million entries and exits.
Becky Lumlock, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “The new figures released today by the ORR demonstrate the extraordinary growth in the number of people using the railway and underline the need for the national Railway Upgrade Plan and the £800 million investment in the Waterloo & South West Upgrade.
“Passenger numbers are at their highest level since the Victorian era and are continuing to grow, so it is vital that we keep investing and deliver a better Wessex route.
“The £800 million investment is the biggest package of improvements for passengers using Waterloo for decades, and will provide: five additional platforms at Waterloo; longer platforms for longer trains between Waterloo and Reading; new trains between Waterloo and Windsor; and longer trains on London Suburban services.”
Christian Roth, managing director for South West Trains, said: “The continued rise in passengers using this railway, particularly at London Waterloo, shows just how important it is to increase capacity and improve the facilities for passengers as quickly as possible.
“The Waterloo & South West Upgrade will provide longer platforms, new trains and 30% more capacity for passengers, improving the journeys of tens of thousands of people every day.”
A large chunk of the work to boost capacity at Waterloo will be delivered between 5-28 August 2017, when platforms 1-9 will close for three and a half weeks, while platforms 20-24 will temporarily re-open.
Source:- Network Rail