South West Trains – Network Rail alliance ready for its new ‘reshaped’ future

Published on : Saturday, June 13, 2015

d537df2b1c3d4d1c86714c807f8b64acAfter three years in action, the ground-breaking South West Trains – Network Rail alliance is being reshaped.



It will see South West Trains (SWT) and Network Rail (NR) aiming to retain the best and most successful parts of the alliance.



SWT and NR envisage retaining the fully integrated control centre based at Waterloo (WICC), the one station team at Waterloo, integrated capacity and planning teams and the joint performance team – all of the joint teams established to deliver real benefits to passengers. The reshaped alliance will involve changes to management structure and commercial arrangements.



A key priority of the alliance moving forward is to deliver the biggest improvements seen on the Wessex route for decades. The jointly developed strategy will provide an extra 30% peak-time capacity by 2018 with new trains, major infrastructure improvements at Waterloo and bringing the former Waterloo International Terminal back into full use.



Going forward the Network Rail post of Route Managing Director will be reintroduced and John Halsall, current Infrastructure Director,  will assume this role, whilst Tim Shoveller continues to be Managing Director for South West Trains. They will continue to work closely to deliver benefits for customers.



Tim Shoveller said: “We have learned a huge amount over the past three years. It makes sense to have a look at our alliance with a view to continuing the areas that have worked really well, and stop doing the things that haven’t.



“I’m incredibly proud of what the Network Rail and South West Trains teams have achieved for passengers. The strong ethic of teamwork, close working and collaboration will continue as we reshape the alliance to concentrate time and resource on the most effective areas.”



 John Halsall said: “I am looking forward to South West Trains and Network Rail continuing to work closely together to continue to improve the rail network, delivering improvements in both capacity and performance for our passengers.”



The alliance has delivered a number of benefits over the past three years, which include reduced delays per incident, better train performance, a joint approach to managing the impact the weather has on the railway, and improved staff engagement.



The new rail operating and training centre at Basingstoke, a project jointly delivered by the alliance, is already delivering training for SWT and NR employees and will continue under the new arrangements.



Source:- Network Rail

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