South Western Railway: Tickets, Schedules and Routes

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South Western Railway History

As of August 20th, 2017 South Western Railway (SWR) has begun operating across the south of England. Formally known as South West Trains, the new franchise promises a range of new benefits for its passengers. The £1.2 billion investment between 2017 and 2024 will bring new and refurbished trains and 52,000 extra seats during peak commuter hours are amongst the top improvements. Passengers can also expect faster WiFi, better onboard bathrooms and charging points. When are the new improvements planned to be rolled out? Check out our timeline below.

South Western Railway planned improvements timeline

December 2018

  • A new and improved timetable will be introduced. Improvements will include 400 extra trains on Sundays, earlier and later trains throughout the week and more travel flexibility.
  • December 2020

  • All SWR trains on the mainland will undergo a major facelift.
  • 90 new trains will be rolled out. With 52,000 extra seats on the buisest lines througout peak commuter hours.
  • Between 2018-2024

  • Re-introduce services between Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth and Weymouth.
  • Speed up travel times from regional stations to London.
  • Work with the Isle of Wight community on plans for ensuring a sustainable railway on the island.
  • Will there be any big changes to the current South Western Railway routes?

    Set aside the rebranding of South Western Railway, passengers can expect the old routes to be covered. Connecting the south of England to London Waterloo, the company's main terminus. For the time being, strong connections from London to Bristol, Brighton, Portsmouth & South Sea, Exeter St. Davids and Reading will be upheld.


    What ticket types are available on South Western Railway?

    Season ticket: South Western Railway offer season tickets which can cover periods of time from over a week to a year. Perfect for commuter passengers wishing to save money on their rail fare.

    Mums-to-be free upgrade: expecting a little one? South Western Railway offers an automatic upgrade for Mums-to-be when there are no standard seats available.

    GroupSave: groups of three to nine people can save up to 34% on adult tickets when travelling together. Perfect for groups of friends and family taking a day trip.

    Group Travel: travelling in a group of ten or more? Then it's possible to save up to 25% on Off-Peak tickets when you book in advance.


    What facilities are available on South Western Railway trains?

    South Western Railway pride themselves on offering a fair and unique experience for their passengers. That is why they introduced special services on their routes which you can find below.

    First Class complimentary catering: First Class passengers travelling with South Western Railway are automatically entitled to a free hot drink and biscuit. The deal is also available to those who travel from London Waterloo to Axminster, Bournemouth and Portsmouth Harbour before 10:00 a.m. Monday to Friday.

    In-Station Wifi: free WiFi can be found at the following five South Western Railway Stations: Aldershot, Basingstoke, Farnborough, Guildford and Woking.

    Quiet zone: quiet zones are available on most services on carriages marked with blue stickers on windows and doors.

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