Good news for rail users in Portsmouth
Rail users in Portsmouth could expect more frequent and spacious journeys as former Waterloo Eurostar station will return to use.
The work is part of a £800m improvement to one of Britain’s busiest railways, which includes adding five new platforms.
The plans were first announced in March that Network Rail and South West Trains 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.
These plans will hopefully increase the capacity at London Waterloo and also provide a 30% increase in capacity across the rail network.
This could mean more trains, as well as more room for passengers travelling from Portsmouth to London.