Victoria railway station to receive £30m investment – South London News

Network Rail has pledged to begin a £30million investment to reduce congestion on platforms and at ticket gates at Victoria railway train station.

Work involves creating more space on the concourse and increasing the total number of ticket gates to speed up people’s journeys and improve accessibility for people with reduced mobility, luggage or pushchairs.

The station concourse area that serves platforms 15 to 19 will be expanded, and a access route will be created between platform 14 and the existing escalators to the Victoria Place shopping centre.

The Gatwick Express ticket windows will be moved to a more prominent position, while some retail units will be repositioned elsewhere in the station.

Lucy McAuliffe, Network Rail’s stations director, said: “Victoria is one of London’s busiest stations and a gateway to Gatwick Airport and the South Coast, so investing in creating an enlarged Sussex concourse and increasing the number of ticket gates available will help everyone to feel more comfortable; setting us up well as passengers return to the railway during a busy summer season.”

To minimise disruption to passengers, the work will be carried out alongside the London Victoria resignalling project, a programme of signalling upgrades on the South London lines into the station.

This means the most disruptive work will happen when there are fewer or no passenger services running at the station, as lines will be closed.

Work on the project is set to get underway from this September.

Wendy Morton, Department for Transport’s rail minister, said: “These improvements, funded by the Department for Transport, will make travel easier, more comfortable, and more accessible for millions of passengers.”

Pictured top: Victoria railway station Picture: Network Rail

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