Who is now op­er­at­ing our trains?

Surrey Advertiser - - Front Page -

SOUTH West­ern Rail­way has be­gun op­er­at­ing in Lon­don and the south of Eng­land.

The new rail­way fran­chise, which has re­placed South West Trains (SWT), launched at 2am on Sun­day.

The op­er­a­tor will over­see a more than £1.2 bil­lion in­vest­ment over a seven year ten­ure af­ter it won a bid­ding was against SWT.

First MTR South West­ern Ltd, who own the new op­er­a­tor, is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween trans­port op­er­a­tor FirstGroup and MTR, which op­er­ates the Hong Kong metro.

Tim O’Toole, FirstGroup chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, said: “We are de­lighted to launch the new South West­ern Rail­way. To­gether with our part­ners MTR, we will con­nect mil­lions of cus­tomers ev­ery week, while in­vest­ing to im­prove the net­work.

“Pas­sen­gers can look for­ward to a step change in cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence with new and bet­ter trains, more seats and ser­vices, quicker jour­ney times, im­proved sta­tions and more flex­i­ble fare op­tions.”

The fran­chise aims to in­crease ca­pac­ity with re­fur­bished and new trains.

Re­fur­bished trains will ben­e­fit from re-con­fig­ured seat­ing, wi-fi, at­seat power sock­ets, real time cus­tomer in­for­ma­tion and in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems.

New trains are planned for in­tro­duc­tion by De­cem­ber 2020.

By De­cem­ber 2018, cus­tomers can ex­pect more ser­vices, quicker jour­neys, and ear­lier and later trains, the ser­vice claims.

There will also be up to 400 ad­di­tional Sun­day trains across the net­work.

SWR also re-in­tro­duce through ser­vices be­tween Portsmouth, Southamp­ton, Bournemouth and Wey­mouth, while jour­neys to Lon­don will be sped up for those wish­ing to travel to the cap­i­tal.

The new fran­chise-holder has promised more than £90mil­lion will will be in­vested to im­prove sta­tions, with ma­jor re­fur­bish­ments planned for Southamp­ton Cen­tral and Wim­ble­don.

Other planned im­prove­ments in­clude bet­ter cus­tomer in­for­ma­tion screens, new seat­ing and wait­ing ar­eas as well as ad­di­tional car park­ing.

The SWR net­work will also have new pro­mo­tional fares, an eas­ier-touse web­site and apps to sup­port ticket pur­chase.

Plans also in­clude flex­i­ble tick­ets for those that do not com­mute ev­ery day and a new ticket for 16 to 18-year-olds to bridge the gap be­tween child and full fare travel while still in ed­u­ca­tion.

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