Passengers benefit from £16m investment in South West Trains

Passengers benefit from £16m investment in South West Trains

Millions of passengers will benefit from a £16million investment in a raft of station upgrades and improved accessibility for disabled passengers ahead of the London 2012 Games, the South West Trains-Network Rail alliance announced.

Vauxhall, Weymouth, Wimbledon, Windsor & Eton Riverside, Southampton Central and Clapham Junction have been given a multi-million-pound makeover ahead of this summer’s sporting events.

The improvements to facilities, in advance of this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic games, have been made possible by investment from the alliance and other stakeholders.

Vauxhall station will soon benefit from a new and enlarged subway, a bigger booking hall with an additional gateline as a result of funding from the Department for Transport, Lambeth Council and the South West Trains-Network Rail alliance.

Weymouth station in Dorset has also benefitted from new facilities following contributions from the alliance, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and Dorset County Council. Enhancements to the station include refurbished toilets and a wheelchair accessible toilet, a new waiting room and waiting shelter, a resurfaced car park, levelled access to the station, and a new retail unit.

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Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of the South West Trains-Network Rail alliance, said: “More than £16m has been invested by our alliance and stakeholders in upgrading our stations to improve passenger journeys to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. As well as going the extra mile for the British Olympic sailing team by providing generous and on-going support, we have also pulled out all the stops for passengers travelling to and from the Olympics by providing the maximum available additional capacity on our services.”

In Wimbledon, investment from the London Borough of Merton, the ODA and the South West Trains-Network Rail alliance has delivered a new forecourt, refurbished waiting rooms and seen the station repainted. The lower concourse has also been refreshed, incorporating new retail units. Access to the lifts at Wimbledon station has been improved and the toilets and disabled toilet have all been refurbished.

Windsor & Eton Riverside station has also benefitted from the South West Trains/Network Rail alliance and ODA investment, making way for levelled access to the station, redecoration, new seating, and refurbished toilets and an accessible toilet.

Hugh Sumner, Director of Transport for the Olympic Delivery Authority, said: “A fantastic effort has been made by the nations’ train operating companies to prepare as much as possible ahead of the Games. Spectators will benefit from enhanced services and improved infrastructure to ensure they can get to their events on time.

“We would urge people to book their Games-time travel now to avoid disappointment on the day. Transport will be extremely busy during the Games and we want to give people every opportunity to get ahead of the queue and book their Games-time travel tickets now.”

The London 2012 Spectator Journey Planner - www.london2012.com/spectators/travel - enables spectators to plan their journeys and purchase Games-time travel tickets from the relevant transport operator.

A £2.4 million renovation at Southampton Central station was funded by the Department for Transport’s National Station Improvements Programme (NSIP) with additional contributions from South West Trains, Southampton City Council, and the Railway Heritage Trust.

A transport hub for the region, Southampton Central station welcomes almost six million passengers through its doors every year, with good links to destinations throughout the UK, including Portsmouth, Basingstoke and Waterloo. The improvements include a new art deco style station frontage, an improved transport interchange for taxis and buses, and a drop-off area. The project has also delivered a new and enlarged waiting area with additional seating, a larger booking hall and improved ticket facilities, state-of-the-art destination information screens, new toilets and a wheelchair accessible toilet.

As part of Games preparation, Clapham Junction has received a new waiting room on platform 9 and 10 with retail units on the overbridge, two new wheelchair accessible station entrances, enhanced customer information facilities, lifts for all platforms and platform extensions on platform 1 and 2. This work was funded by Transport for London, the Department for Transport, Railway Heritage Trust, the South West Trains-Network Rail alliance and Wandsworth Borough Council.