For those of you commuting in and out of London you will have noticed a number of upgrading developments taking place across the city. The busiest station in the country, London Waterloo has suffered from overcrowded trains and platforms as ridership continues to rise. In December 2016, it was calculated that a record 99 million passenger journeys have been made each year. With this large footfall, many users will have noticed the construction work taking place. The station upgrade is aimed to improve passenger capacity by 30 per cent by 2019. The Waterloo station upgrade is a part of the £1 billion Wessex Capacity programme. It will reconstruct the former international terminal between platforms 20 and 24 as well as extending platforms 1 to 4 to facilitate ten-car trains. Passenger numbers have doubled in the last 20 years – this is more than the current infrastructure was ever designed for. That number’s set to double again in the next 25 years. So it is vital that Network Rail invest and modernise the UK's highly demanded tracks. It makes it the most ambitious modernisation programme since the Victorian era. A whopping £38 billion will be spent over the coming years to meet the demand and anticipate those 'unplanned problems' which can affect huge networks across the country.
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