All South Western Railway articles

  • SWR Class 707 EMU
    Rail Business UK

    Arterio EMU delays lead South Western Railway to retain Class 707s

    2022-01-12T10:18:00Z

    UK: South Western Railway has extended its lease on 12 Class 707 electric multiple-units until August, following delays to the introduction of its Arterio Class 701 EMU fleet and the decision to bring forward the end of its lease on the two-car Class 456 units from February to January 17.

  • SWT 450 & 444 at Clapham Jn TM01-edited
    Rail Business UK

    Desiro air-conditioning goes digital

    2021-12-14T05:00:00Z

    UK: Siemens Mobility has awarded Knorr-Bremse a contract to overhaul and install remote monitoring equipment on 733 heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems on 172 Class 444 and Class 450 Desiro electric multiple-units operated by South Western Railway. The HVAC systems were made by Knorr-Bremse subsidiary Merak. ...

  • Salisbury Fisherton Tunnel collision
    Rail Business UK

    Wheelslide likely cause of Salisbury collision, finds RAIB

    2021-11-03T10:12:00Z

    UK: Wheelslide, ‘almost certainly a result of low adhesion’, was the most likely cause of a collision between Great Western Railway and South Western Railway diesel multiple-units at Fisherton Tunnel in Salisbury on October 31, according to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.

  • Isle of Wight Island Line Class 484 on Ryde pier (Photo: SWR)
    Rail Business UK

    Isle of Wight’s Island Line reopens following £26m modernisation

    2021-11-02T06:00:00Z

    UK: The Isle of Wight’s Island Line reopened on November 1, following a £26m renewal programme including the introduction of a replacement fleet of electric multiple-units rebuilt from former London Underground trains. ‘We are so excited to welcome our customers back onboard having completed the ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Compensation sought in legal action over London zone boundary tickets

    2021-10-20T12:56:00Z

    UK: Legal claims have been brought against current and past South Eastern and South Western franchisees over claims that passengers were overcharged because fares from the London zone boundaries to stations outside the zones were not readily available for purchase by Travelcard holders. The Competition Appeal Tribunal ...

  • Icomera Glimpse analytics trial
    Rail Business UK

    Passenger occupancy analytics partnership follows successful trial

    2021-09-08T05:00:00Z

    ANALYTICS: Icomera and Glimpse Analytics are to co-operate to offer ‘robust’ video analytics software for the real-time monitoring of passenger loadings, enabling operators and passengers to make more informed decisions based on train occupancy. The partnership agreement follows successful trials on South Western Railway services from ...

  • Portsmouth and Southsea station (Photo Network Rail)
    Rail Business UK

    Machine learning deployed to support train operations decision-making

    2021-08-11T06:00:00Z

    UK: South Western Railway and the University of Portsmouth have co-operated to develop machine learning software which analyses real-time train running data to automatically identify services at risk of delay and assist controllers with selecting and implementing the most appropriate contingency plan. The creation of a ...

  • SWR ABP Dorchester South
    Rail Business UK

    Assisted boarding points cut assistance notice time to 10 min

    2021-08-06T12:55:00Z

    UK: South Western Railway is reducing the advance notice needed for assisted travel services to 10 min, with the roll out of assisted boarding points at stations where passengers can contact its customer service centre which will then let the guard on the next available train ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Crossrail 2 and major infrastructure investment still required on South West Main Line despite Covid-19 effect, warns Network Rail

    2021-08-05T11:17:00Z

    UK: A report issued by Network Rail indicates that the expected drop in commuter and business travel caused by Covid-19 will not be sufficient to remove the need for major infrastructure investment on the South West Main Line serving London Waterloo, including potential resumption of work on Crossrail 2.

  • SWR Class 458
    Rail Business UK

    First train operator publishes social value report

    2021-07-30T05:00:00Z

    UK: South Western Railway has published its first Social Value Report, assessing the train operator’s impact on wider society, the environment and the economy as determined by the Rail Social Value tool developed by the Rail Safety & Standards Board. SWR commissioned Larch Consulting to assess ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Sustainability focus at the 24th Rail Business Awards

    2021-06-30T13:31:00Z

    UK: The 24th Rail Business Awards is looking to recognise and celebrate excellence in sustainability and environmental initiatives across the UK rail sector. 

  • TransPennine Express train (Photo: Tony Miles).
    Rail Business UK

    FirstGroup agrees National Rail Contracts for SWR and TransPennine Express

    2021-05-24T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has finalised the first of the National Rail Contracts under which formerly franchised passenger services are to be operated over the next few years. The directly-awarded NRCs are envisaged as an interim step between the current Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements and ...

  • SWR logo on train
    Rail Business UK

    Real-time passenger counting using on-train CCTV

    2021-05-03T08:00:00Z

    UK: South Western Railway is testing the use of CCTV cameras, AI technology from PoS Insights and onboard wi-fi from Icomera to produce continuous estimates of passenger numbers on its Siemens Desiro EMU cars. The operator has plans for the data to be made available in ...

  • Class 484 at Vivarail
    Rail Business UK

    Island Line reopening delayed by ‘unforeseen difficulties’ with Class 484 software

    2021-04-27T15:44:00Z

    UK: The reopening of the Isle of Wight’s Island Line following modernisation work is to be delayed, as a result of ‘complex software issues’ with the Vivarail Class 484 electric multiple-units, South Western Railway has confirmed. The first of the five Class 484 EMUs being produced ...

  • Porterbrook has awarded Alstom a contract to upgrade the Class 458 electric multiple-units operated by South Western Railway
    Rail Business UK

    Alstom awarded £25m Class 458 upgrading contract

    2021-04-06T15:04:00Z

    UK: Leasing company Porterbrook has awarded Alstom a contract to upgrade the Class 458 electric multiple-units operated by South Western Railway ahead of their redeployment on medium and long distance services from the south coast. The £25m contract announced on April 6 covers an initial 28 ...

  • South Western Railway has halted the project to refurbish 18 Class 442 electric multiple-units for its London Waterloo to Portsmouth route, and the sets will now be returned to leasing company Angel Trains.
    Rail Business UK

    Class 442s to leave South Western Railway

    2021-03-31T16:36:00Z

    UK: South Western Railway has halted the project to refurbish 18 Class 442 electric multiple-units for its London Waterloo to Portsmouth route, and the sets will now be returned to leasing company Angel Trains. Kiepe Electric had been awarded a £45m contract to undertaken an extensive ...

  • gb c2c coronavirus wear a face covering sign West Ham
    Rail Business UK

    Government agrees ERMA extensions with three operators

    2021-03-10T14:43:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has exercised its option to extend the Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements with c2c, South Western Railway and TransPennine Express, as discussions continue over the ending of franchise agreements and a move to directly-awarded National Rail Contracts. FirstGroup, which operates the South ...

  • FirstGroup and the Department for Transport have reached agreement on the termination of the South Western Railway and West Coast Partnership franchise agreements
    Rail Business UK

    South Western and West Coast franchise termination payments agreed

    2020-12-10T11:21:00Z

    UK: FirstGroup and the Department for Transport have reached agreement on payments for the termination of the South Western Railway and West Coast Partnership franchise agreements, which were signed before the pandemic, and are negotiating new directly-awarded management contracts which would come into effect when the current ...

  • South Western Railway has withdrawn its onboard catering services and ended its contract with provider Elior, putting around 130 jobs at risk.
    Rail Business UK

    South Western Railway scraps onboard catering

    2020-12-10T08:00:00Z

    UK: South Western Railway has withdrawn its onboard catering services and ended its contract with provider Elior, putting around 130 jobs at risk. ‘It is with regret that, following consultation with our passengers and the Department for Transport, we have had to terminate our contract with commercial ...

  • gb SWR Claire Mann
    Rail Business UK

    Claire Mann named South Western Railway Managing Director

    2020-12-03T11:34:00Z

    UK: Claire Mann has been appointed as the next Managing Director of South Western Railway, and will take up the post in early 2021. Mark Hopwood, currently Interim Managing Director of SWR, will return to his former role as Managing Director of Great Western Railway on ...