Former Eurostar Platforms at Waterloo

Meeting: 
MQT on 2011-01-26
Session date: 
January 26, 2011
Reference: 
2011/0095
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Could the Mayor update the Assembly on what progress has been made with regard to converting the former Eurostar platforms at Waterloo to use for mainline rail?

Answer

Answer for Former Eurostar Platforms at Waterloo

Answer for Former Eurostar Platforms at Waterloo

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I understand that Network Rail is now taking forward the reopening of Waterloo International for use by a small number of trains at peak times. This is likely to involve construction of a new passenger bridge to integrate the platforms into the main concourse of the station.

The use of the former international platforms is in part linked to the introduction of 10-car trains on the Windsor Lines. There is no confirmed date for introducing longer trains because this is still subject to commercial discussions with South West Trains. However, the Department for Transport has recently said that it is 'seeking to reach a commercial agreement' with the train operator in 2011, with the 'additional vehicles to be delivered on to the network before 2014'. This can therefore be regarded as the latest that the former international platforms will be brought into use.

My officers at TfL are continuing to work with Network Rail and other parties to ensure that there are integrated and affordable plans for the future development of Waterloo to accommodate the planned passenger growth.