South West Trains passengers to benefit from 57,000 extra seats and more services with improvements to timetable

Published on : Thursday, December 3, 2015

South West TrainsFrom Sunday 13th December, South West Trains will provide longer trains, more seats and new services right across the network.

 
South West Trains operates one of the busiest networks in Europe with over half a million passenger journeys every day and a service arriving or leaving London Waterloo every minute during the busiest morning and evening periods. Furthermore, since 1996 the number of passengers using our trains has more than doubled from just over 108 million to roughly 230million.

 
The improved timetable offers approximately 57,000 extra seats throughout the week and right across the network.

 
In addition to the extra services, we are approaching the conclusion of the £65million rollout of 108 additional and refurbished carriages. We have now introduced more than 90 additional carriages across the network, providing thousands of extra seats on many of our busiest services. When this project is completed in the next few months, even more services will run with additional carriages.

 
Tim Shoveller, Managing Director for South West Trains, said: “Our improved timetable provides more than 57,000 additional seats for passengers right across the network and will provide a real boost for passengers using many of our services.

 
“In addition to the extra weekday services, we are providing a significant increase in our capacity at weekends, providing more seats and more services to many of our most popular destinations.

 
“Alongside the extra services we are continuing the £65million roll out of 108 additional and refurbished carriages which is allowing us to run longer trains on many of our busiest services.

 
“The number of passengers travelling with South West Trains has more than doubled in the last two decades and we now carry approximately 230million passengers per year. The improvements to the timetable, combined with the major investments we are delivering across the network will deliver a real boost for passengers. However, we are far from complacent and we know we can do much more to provide the extra capacity which is needed to provide for the increasing number of passengers on our services.”

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