London Waterloo is the busiest railway station in the UK currently serving approximately 100 million annual passenger journeys and with usage forecast to increase significantly. The £800 million Waterloo and South West Upgrade will boost capacity at the station by 30%.
Waterloo International Terminal was vacated In 2007 when Eurostar services moved to St Pancras International. The challenge is to seamlessly reintegrate the international terminal into the rest of Waterloo Station providing five new domestic platforms and associated facilities, while minimising disruption to the adjacent station and live operational railway.
The project is being delivered using an innovative alliancing model: the Wessex Capacity Alliance comprises Aecom, Mott MacDonald, Network Rail, Skanska and Colas Rail.
Bold new connections
To resolve the differing levels and geometries of the former Eurostar Terminal’s 3-pin arch roof and that of Waterloo Station, a new elegant glass enclosure will connect the two. While the former connection was through a lower level known as the sunken Orchestra Pit, a new pedestrian link will bridge over this level, connecting the main station to a new generous concourse area. Through this bold move a direct connection between the iconic Victory Arch entrance and the new platforms 20–24 is provided and for the very first time the former Eurostar Terminal will provide seamlessly integrated additional capacity for domestic services.
The design also encompasses new concourse interchange stairs, lifts and ramps to improve accessibility for all across the concourse and platforms and new staff facilities. It is due to be fully complete in December 2018