A later extension could take this line to Solihull and the joint station with HS2 near International Station.The Brierley Hill extension from Wednesbury Great Western Street will run mostly along a former railway right of way but will go up and over the hill through the heart of Dudley (rather than in the railway tunnel under Dudley) on its way to Brierley Hill (11km – opening 2023).
In London, Waterloo terminal is expected to reach “choke point” by 2020 according to studies undertaken by Transport for London.
There are four platforms, Claude’s Cafe (named after the founder of the line Claude Lane), a shop, plus space for exhibitions or events.
The terminus has been built two feet higher than previous tracks to diminish the risk from flooding.
By 2023, ninety four new trains will be in service giving a train every 135 seconds (27/hour compared with 24/hour now) giving space for an additional 21,000 passengers each peak hour.
Signalling upgrades will also be completed as part of the upgrade plan.