Waterloo station set to fully reopen after month of disruption and major upgrade work

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Waterloo station will fully reopen on Tuesday morning after nearly a month of rail disruption while engineers work on a £800 million revamp project.

Nearly half of Britain’s busiest railway station has been closed since August 5 as workers extend platforms for a new fleet of longer trains which will have more seats and space for passengers.

South West Trains travellers were hit hardest by the upgrade works, with a significant reduction in the number of services and replacement timetable.

On Monday evening, Network Rail issued a statement and said the work has been completed “on track” and will open on Tuesday if the next few hours overnight go to plan.

“Work on one of the biggest and most complex engineering projects ever undertaken at Waterloo station is on track, as we enter the final few hours of lengthening and straightening platforms,” the statement read.

“We expect the station to be fully reopened tomorrow morning for our passengers.”

It added: “1,000 engineers and trackside staff having worked shifts 24 hours a day for the last three and a half weeks to increase capacity at Waterloo by 30 per cent at morning and afternoon peaks from the end of next year.”

But Network Rail added: “The next few hours will be a crucial part of the programme as all the new signalling is switched on and tested. We will be keeping passengers updated on progress of the works through tonight and into the morning.

“The work will benefit the many millions of passengers who use the station, for decades to come, turning Waterloo into a transport hub for the 21st century.”

The long-awaited changes will allow longer trains to operate on suburban routes from December, providing space for around a third more passengers at peak times.

An average of 270,000 journeys are normally made to or from Waterloo every day.

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