Waterloo bosses say expansion is good news for Portsmouth rail passengers

South West Trains will add a fleet of 150 new train carriages to provider better travel for passengers
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Rail users in Portsmouth are set for more frequent and less-crammed journeys as former Waterloo Eurostar station is returned to use.

The work is part of a £800m improvement to Britain’s busiest station, which includes adding five new platforms.

Network Rail says it will would rejuvenate the old Waterloo International terminal, which closed in 2007. Work could start as early as October, with the aim to be completed by 2017.

Five of the platforms will be reopened and platforms 1-4 will be extended to allow longer trains to run with room for more passengers.

The majority of these improvements are funded by the Department for Transport as part of Network Rail’s £40 billion Railway Upgrade Plan to deliver a bigger and more reliable railway for passengers. South West Trains will also add a fleet of 150 new train carriages.