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.


  1. alan jutson
    July 20, 2017

    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
    July 21, 2017

    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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