More train services announced for Hampton Court and Cobham after £230m investment

More of the trains: Announced this week

More of the trains: Announced this week

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Passengers will benefit from a £210m train order to create more services from Waterloo to Hampton Court and Guildford via Cobham.

It was announced Wednesday, September 3, at London Waterloo station that investment from South West Trains would provide for more than 24,000 extra peak-time passengers.

In the past two decades, the number of people using South West Trains service has increased by more than 100 per cent and more than 222m journeys are made every year.

Rail Minister Claire Perry said: "This latest new train deal is proof not only of our determination to transform Britain's railways but also the industry's commitment to deliver a better journey for Britain's passengers."

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1:26pm Thu 4 Sep 14

DB says...

Any investment is a good thing, although it is a bit disturbing that 5 car trains are being talked about. Presumably, each car is significantly longer than the current stock?

The problem that we have on this section of the line is that we need longer trains not shorter ones. I commute in from Surbiton, and SWT run full length (12 car) trains only for services that leave the station between 0800 and 0830. They seem to feel free to charge 'peak' rate tickets up until 0930, but all of the trains between 0830 and 0930 are only 8 cars long, sometimes even 4!

This is totally inadequate and has been for years. More recently, it has got to the level where it is impossible to physically get on the first train out of the station and a lot of people have to wait for the next one, which has a big knock on effect. I don't think anyone minds standing up for such a short journey, but not being able to get on the train at all is a bit much.

I appreciate the argument that it is impossible to run any more services into Waterloo (even now, most trains are delayed by 5-10 minutes outside Waterloo waiting for a platform), but they should really run the longest possible trains to deal with the demand as best as possible.
Any investment is a good thing, although it is a bit disturbing that 5 car trains are being talked about. Presumably, each car is significantly longer than the current stock? The problem that we have on this section of the line is that we need longer trains not shorter ones. I commute in from Surbiton, and SWT run full length (12 car) trains only for services that leave the station between 0800 and 0830. They seem to feel free to charge 'peak' rate tickets up until 0930, but all of the trains between 0830 and 0930 are only 8 cars long, sometimes even 4! This is totally inadequate and has been for years. More recently, it has got to the level where it is impossible to physically get on the first train out of the station and a lot of people have to wait for the next one, which has a big knock on effect. I don't think anyone minds standing up for such a short journey, but not being able to get on the train at all is a bit much. I appreciate the argument that it is impossible to run any more services into Waterloo (even now, most trains are delayed by 5-10 minutes outside Waterloo waiting for a platform), but they should really run the longest possible trains to deal with the demand as best as possible. DB
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5:49pm Thu 4 Sep 14

martnal says...

Eight- carriage trains on Saturdays to Shepperton would be nice instead of half size cattle trucks!
Eight- carriage trains on Saturdays to Shepperton would be nice instead of half size cattle trucks! martnal
  • Score: 2

9:01am Fri 5 Sep 14

Concerned_Resident says...

I just read this as SW Trains being able to delay more people in one go!
I just read this as SW Trains being able to delay more people in one go! Concerned_Resident
  • Score: 0

2:20pm Fri 5 Sep 14

kingstonpaul says...

Aren't local stations being extended in length. Mine has been. All of which suggests that SWT is planning to run longer trains...
Aren't local stations being extended in length. Mine has been. All of which suggests that SWT is planning to run longer trains... kingstonpaul
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