Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

End the Scandal of Waste at Waterloo

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

End the Scandal of Waste at Waterloo

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THE GOVERNMENT has known for at least five years that when Eurostar moved its operations to St Pancras the terminal at Waterloo would be available for domestic use. Eurostar moved two years ago. Given that one of the chief problems affecting rail services in the South-East is the lack of capacity, it might have been thought that ministers would have jumped at the opportunity to use the spare platforms. They did not. Instead, as this paper reveals, the taxpayer is spending [pounds sterling]2 million a year simply to maintain the facilities intact. It will be another four or five years before the five platforms will actually be used, notwithstanding a promise from ministers that one of them would be functioning by last December.

This is a scandal, a damning instance of the Government's priorities. Network Rail has said that it will take [pounds sterling]54 million to convert the terminal. But as this paper has pointed out on Crossrail, spending on transport infrastructure in the South-East is not dead money. …

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