Carriage project adds 108 to South West Trains’ fleet
£65m scheme will give capacity for 23,000 more passengers
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.