Skanska consortium awarded $610m Waterloo station expansion

A Skanska-led consortium has been chosen by Network Rail to expand Waterloo International Terminal in London. 

The project is intended to increase train and passenger capacity at the terminal and other stations along the lines that it serves, which cover the area to the south-west of London, including Surrey and Hampshire. 

Colas Rail, a subsidiary of Bouygues, and engineering consultants Aecom and Mott MacDonald are also part of the consortium, which was hired on a risk and reward contract. 

Waterloo International Terminal was originally used for Eurostar journeys to France and Belgium. The Wessex Capacity Programme will bring it back into use for domestic services. The work will include increasing the length of some platforms on the Wessex route, as well as upgrading its track, signalling, communications, buildings and civils infrastructure. 

Work will be undertaken at Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Richmond, Wimbledon and Surbiton stations, and $150m of the $610m programme is allocated to the construction of a flyover in Woking, Surrey.

Work is expected to be completed in 2021. 

Waterloo International was designed by Grimshaw Architects and closed in 2007, after 13 years of service, as St Pancras and Stratford become the London destinations for the Eurostar. 

Photograph: Waterloo Station from the London Eye (Wikipedia Commons)

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