Car­riage project adds 108 to South West Trains’ fleet

£65m scheme will give ca­pac­ity for 23,000 more pas­sen­gers

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

A PROJECT adding 108 ad­di­tional and re­fur­bished car­riages to the fleet of South West Trains has been com­pleted.

The £65 mil­lion scheme will pro­vide space for more than 23,000 ex­tra pas­sen­gers dur­ing peak trav­el­ling times.

The new car­riages are wider, with the aim of help­ing pas­sen­gers on and off the trains, as well as fea­tur­ing im­proved seat­ing, CCTV and new floor­ing.

Rail min­is­ter Claire Perry said: “We are in­vest­ing £40 bil­lion in our na­tion’s rail­way in­fra­struc­ture – the big­gest up­grade since the Vic­to­rian times.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of these 108 mod­i­fied train car­riages onto the South West Trains net­work is pro­vid­ing a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease to peak time ca­pac­ity into the cap­i­tal and be­yond.

“This is just one part of our long-term plan to im­prove jour­neys for hard­work­ing pas­sen­gers us­ing the route into Bri­tain’s busiest sta­tion.

“From 2017, as part of an £800m in­vest­ment in the route, pas­sen­gers will ben­e­fit from a big­ger and bet­ter Lon­don Water­loo sta­tion and a fur­ther 150 new train car­riages, pro­vid­ing more space for pas­sen­gers ar­riv­ing there over the morn­ing rush hour.”

The Class 456 trains were pre­vi­ously used by South­ern but have now been fully re­fur­bished and are sim­i­lar in ap­pear­ance to the ex­ist­ing South West Trains Class 455 units. The new car­riages will be run­ning on lines to and from Lon­don Water­loo, in­clud­ing the Farn­ham, Al­ton, Portsmouth, Twick­en­ham, Wey­bridge and Shep­per­ton ser­vices, which travel through Wok­ing and Guild­ford.

Christian Roth, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of South West Trains, said: “The com­ple­tion of this multi-mil­lion pound scheme is ex­cel­lent news for pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling on one of Europe’s busiest rail­ways.

“We are now op­er­at­ing more than 1,400 car­riages and pro­vid­ing well over half a mil­lion jour­neys ev­ery day and the com­ple­tion of this sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment means we are able to pro­vide more space for more pas­sen­gers than ever be­fore.

“How­ever, we are far from com­pla­cent and know there is much more we still need to in order to im­prove jour­neys and pro­vide space for the ever in­creas­ing num­ber of pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling with us.

“In the next 12 months we will also start to in­tro­duce 150 brand new ex­tra car­riages as part of a £210m in­vest­ment, as well as work­ing closely with Net­work Rail and other part­ners to ex­pand Lon­don Water­loo, im­prove de­pots and up­grade in­fra­struc­ture to de­liver a big­ger and more re­li­able rail­way.”

Visit www.get­sur­rey.co.uk for more de­tails of which ser­vices have gained ad­di­tional car­riages.

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