Waterloo station upgrade: Fresh misery for commuters as engineering works overrun

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Rail commuters are facing fresh travel misery after major upgrade works at London’s Waterloo station overran.

Britain’s busiest rail station was supposed to open for business as normal on Tuesday following nearly a month’s worth of disruption.

But trains travelling into London Waterloo were delayed or cancelled altogether and stations including Queenstown Road, Earlsfield and Norbiton were also closed.

Network Rail said the disruption was expected to be resolved by noon.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “The upgrades taking place at Waterloo station are some of the biggest and most complex engineering projects ever undertaken on the railway.

Delays for commuters: A major upgrade project caused a month’s worth of disruption at Waterloo

“We are entering the final stages of that programme and are preparing the railway and station for trains and passengers.

“During the process of testing the complex signalling, we identified an issue in this safety-critical system which we are working to resolve.

“This will take some time to fix and a small number of early passenger trains may be delayed as a result.

“We are working hard to minimise delays to passengers, but safely is our number one priority.”

Nearly half of the transport has been closed since August 5 for an £800 million overhaul to increase capacity and extend platforms for a new fleet of longer trains which will have more seats and space for passengers.

Commuters vented their frustration that the works were not completed on time.

Passenger Dave Vasse tweeted: “Predictable and embarrassing that Waterloo should be a mess today after eight months of advertising 28th completion date.”

Chloe Grover wrote: “Cancellations, delays, no info. Great welcome back to Waterloo.”

Another, Sam Maher, added: “First train of day & a guard has ‘bit of bad news’. Waterloo still mashed. Wish I’d placed that ‘no way be finished 28th’ bet now.”


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