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17.08.12

Waterloo station to benefit from clearer PA announcements

A new PA system at Waterloo station will keep passengers up to date despite the “acoustically challenging” environment.

The South West Trains/Network Rail Alliance is funding a £2.8m investment to provide clearer announcements to one of the busiest stations in the UK. Waterloo caters for 350,000 passengers per day.

The new system produces 90 decibels of sound in an emergency to be heard over the crowds and is connected to almost 1,000 speakers around the station.

Richard Anderson, station manager for Waterloo, said: “Our passengers expect to have clear and concise information when using one of the busiest stations in the UK.

“Passengers need to be able to hear any information which may affect their journey, particularly at busy times. This is why we have invested in a modern, state-of-the-art system that will be capable of being heard right across Waterloo’s concourse, new balcony and 19 platforms.

“Passengers will be able to hear any announcements with the same clarity across the Grade II listed station and train-shed which was completed in 1922, whether they are on the concourse or platforms with a state of the art 21st century public address system.”

The installation is due to be completed early next year.

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