London to welcome 115,000 extra visitors per day by 2019

An extra 115,000 people are expected to be heading into London via train every single day by 2019, reports. 

Network Rail has announced it will set aside £37.5 billion to improve services into the capital, which will include a 20 per cent increase in the capacity of their carriages, whilst also extending the platforms at Waterloo to accommodate new 10-car trains.

Payment for the improvements will come from the already-announced above-inflation fare hikes, as well as the additional volume of traffic generating yet more revenue.

Elsewhere, to make the network more efficient, plans have been outlined to spend £600 million protecting tracks from adverse weather conditions. Network Rail has also promised to provide 700 more trains a day to connect London with cities in the North, whilst also electrifying the route from London to Swansea to help ease congestion.

Once completed, the new works will be able to accommodate the 115,000 additional passengers expected to descend on the capital every day within the next six years. It will also make the capital more accessible for those around the country and make heading to a conference venue in London significantly easier.

Speaking to of the proposals, chief executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies, Michael Roberts, explained: “Early clarity from the government on franchising and regulatory framework for rail will be vital in allowing train companies, Network Rail and our suppliers to deliver the best possible deal for passengers and taxpayers.”