South West Trains – Reading to Waterloo

I had a meeting today with the new Franchise team for South West trains who take over in August 20th.

I stressed to them the need for improved punctuality and reliability in the service. They assured me they had a number of planned actions to raise service levels including staff rostering, and more reliable trains.

They told me the introduction of extra trains as promised to give us 4 trains an hour to London from Wokingham will not be before December 2018. They plan replacement and renewal of existing coaches.

I raised with them the desirability of bidding for digital signalling to allow more trains per hour to use the track. They said they were working on this possibility.

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  1. alan jutson
    Posted July 20, 2017 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Seems like the service and its capacity will be improving in due course, this is clearly good news for those who travel into London on a regular basis.

    Never know they may even get a seat if they are lucky.

  2. nigel seymour
    Posted July 21, 2017 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    I’m at odds with you on this subject John. I’ve been using SW for some years and apart from a track fire recently and major works at Clapham I’ve never really had any problems. I use Winn Tri which is great for parking and can’t recall a time when a train was late or didn’t turn up. Funny old world me thinks…

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