Travelling to London from this part of the world means arriving at Waterloo Station. The station is undergoing a significant upgrade, as announced in March 2016 by Network Rail, all part of the Wessex Capacity Improvement project. In the Network Rail announcement they stated that,
Work starts [in March 2016] to rebuild the former Waterloo International Terminal to allow platforms 20–24 back into use with modern facilities, new track and signalling and a spacious, accessible concourse suitable for thousands of passengers.
Platforms 1–4 will be extended – with significant changes to the usual passenger timetable required during the work, which starts in August 2017 – to allow longer, 10-car trains to run to London suburban stations.
I’ve previously mentioned my pleasure at peering into holes on building sites, especially the one adjacent to Waterloo Station. Well, now I’ve another building development at Waterloo to observe, and that’s the conversion of the former Eurostar platforms back into use. Here are three photos taken in September, November and December, plus an artist’s drawing of the the finished platforms.