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Railways: Waterloo International

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st December 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Valentine Baroness Valentine Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect platforms at Waterloo International to be brought back into use for passengers; and what assessment they have made of any plans to transfer ownership of Waterloo International from BRB (Residuary) Limited as a means to expedite this process.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Government wish to see the former international part of Waterloo station brought into domestic use.

The Department for Transport (DfT) and Stagecoach Southwest Trains (SSWT) are currently in discussions to add capacity into Waterloo as part of the High Level Output Specification (HLOS) programme.

Network Rail is developing plans to accommodate longer trains at Waterloo. The infrastructure requirements for these trains will include bringing the former international platforms back into domestic use, subject to value for money and affordability constraints.

The DfT does not have any plans to transfer ownership of Waterloo International from BRB (Residuary) Limited as a means to expedite this process.

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