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Retail revamp for Waterloo Eurostar terminal given green light

Lambeth Council have given the green light to a new shopping centre at the disused Waterloo International Terminal (WIT) as part of a wider project to expand the station.

The venture, organised by LCR, the DfT and Network Rail, will create 135,000sq ft of space in the former Eurostar terminal to house a mix of independent, high street and food outlets, with several new entrances also built to accommodate the station’s anticipated growth in passenger numbers in the coming decades.

This marks a rejuvenation for WIT, which has only seen limited use since the final Eurostar train left the station in 2007 as it moved to its new London terminus at St Pancras International.

The decision was made following an extensive engagement programme with local communities and officials from Lambeth Council regarding the proposals. A public consultation held between March and April this year demonstrated strong support for the project.

 Waterloo 1

The retail development is intended to allow Waterloo station to offer a similar experience to St Pancras International and Birmingham New Street, providing modern retail facilities for commuters and the nearby communities in Southbank and Lambeth. The development will create about 700 new jobs in the terminal and generate substantial local investment.

Outside of the station, it is thought that WIT’s restoration will benefit the surrounding area by complimenting the wider regeneration of the Southbank and Leake Street – also known as Banksy Tunnel – where LCR and the DfT are currently reusing old railway arches.

WIT’s restoration forms part of the Wessex Capacity Improvement Programme, being delivered by Network Rail, which aims to provide the largest increase in capacity for decades at Waterloo, the UK’s busiest railway station by passenger usage. The project also features the reopening of platforms 20-24 for use by domestic rail services, new track and signalling and an improved layout.

 (Images c. Corstorphine + Wright Architects)

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Andrew Gwilt   04/11/2016 at 15:16

More retail outlets for London Waterloo will boost more capacity as Waterloo is still London's busiest station. Plus with the former terminal platforms to be reopened (20, 21, 22, 23 and 24) for Class 707 10-Car trains Desiro City to use the former Eurostar terminal and will help to reduce overcrowding and South West Trains to become a 10-car railway network.

Boris   06/11/2016 at 10:13

How on earth would more retail outlets boost capacity?

Andrew Gwilt   07/11/2016 at 22:28

Well as we all know that Waterloo is the busiest station in London that serves the South Coast, the Westcountry, Hampshire, Surrey, Southwest London, Portsmouth, Southampton, Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire including Salisbury and East Berkshire including Reading and Windsor & Eton. So it is bound to have a new shopping centre just like at Birmingham New Street and other major railway stations.

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