All South Western Railway articles

  • Safeguarding conference organisers and some speakers
    Rail Business UK

    Rail industry holds first national safeguarding conference


    UK: A national conference dedicated to safeguarding staff and customers on the rail network was hosted by South Western Railway at Lloyd’s of London on May 10. The event brought together representatives from 15 train operating companies, the police, charitable organisations, campaign groups, local authorities, Network ...

  • Siemens Mobility VRS (2)
    Rail Business UK

    Variable rate sanding equipment deployed on DMU fleet


    UK: In response to the collision which resulted from low rail adhesion at Salisbury Tunnel Junction in October 2021, all of South Western Railway’s Class 158 and 159 diesel multiple-units have now been fitted with Variable Rate Sanding equipment supplied by Siemens Mobility. The variable rate ...

  • Steve Murphy
    Rail Business UK

    Steve Murphy to leave MTR UK


    UK: MTR UK Chief Executive Steve Murphy is to leave ‘to pursue other career goals’, Hong Kong-based transport group MTR Corp announced on February 23. Murphy’s last working day will be March 29. The process of appointing a new CEO has begun, and the MTR Elizabeth ...

  • SWR train at London Waterloo station (Photo SWR)
    Rail Business UK

    Interim Managing Director for South Western Railway named


    UK: Chief Operating Officer Stuart Meek has been appointed Interim Managing Director at South Western Railway with effect from March 19. He takes over from Claire Mann, who is leaving to become Chief Operating Officer at Transport for London. The process to recruit a permanent Managing ...

  • Class 701 EMU enters passenger service at London Waterloo (Photo SWR)
    Rail Business UK

    South Western Railway’s Class 701 Arterio EMU carries passengers at last


    UK: A revenue passenger service was operated by one of South Western Railway’s Alstom Class 701 electric multiple-units for the first time on January 9. The 750 V DC third-rail EMU is scheduled to operate one return passenger service a day on the London Waterloo – ...

  • Signapse
    Rail Business UK

    Converting passenger information into sign language


    UK: Signapse is aiming to improve access to real-time passenger information by using AI to translate messages at stations and on trains into British Sign Language. The specialist technology company is working with Network Rail, South Western Railway and Whoosh Media on the project, which has ...

  • Evo-Rail train top unit

    On-train connectivity rolls out


    EUROPE: Following successful trials on the UK’s Island Line, FirstGroup’s railway telecoms company Evo-rail has worked with Comsa to install its Rail-5G on-train connectivity technology on the Figueres - Perpignan high speed line between Spain and France. Evo-rail said the mmWave technology which uses trackside antenna ...

  • Coronation travel advice leaflet
    Rail Business UK

    Crowns, chocolates, a named train and planning ahead as rail industry prepares for the coronation


    UK: Additional services, longer trains and queuing systems are planned to handle the crowds who are expected to travel to events marking the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla at Westminster Abbey on May 6 and the concert to be held in Windsor the following day.

  • SWR station vending machines
    Rail Business UK

    Station vending machines fitted with ‘living walls’


    UK: ‘Living walls’ which can be attached to vending machines are being tested at Bournemouth station by South Western Railway, Decorum Vending, Regency Design and plant supplier PHS Greenleaf. The small, self-sufficient, vertical gardens are designed to thrive in all locations, whether in sunlight or shade. ...

  • SWR Travel with Confidence
    Rail Business UK

    Helping people with non-visible disabilities to Travel with Confidence


    UK: Information and training to help people with non-visible disabilities such as autism, anxiety or phobias use public transport is being provided by Hampshire Community Rail Partnership with the support of South Western Railway and Hampshire County Council. The first phase of the Travel with Confidence ...

  • SWR logo on train
    Rail Business UK

    South Western Railway operating contract extended


    UK: The Department for Transport has exercised an option to extend South Western Railway’s National Rail Contract for a further two years. Directly-awarded NRCs are intended as an interim step between the Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements which were put in place during the pandemic, and the ...

  • SWR Class 701 Arterio Bombardier Transportation Aventra EMU
    Rail Business UK

    SWR to agree fresh milestones for Class 701 EMU introduction


    UK: New milestones for the significantly delayed roll-out of South Western Railway’s Class 701 Arterio electric multiple-unit fleet are to be agreed with the Department for Transport as part of the operator’s Business Plan for 2022-23. No firm dates are given, but the Business Plan says ...

  • SWR train branding (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Eight themes in South Western Railway’s 2022-23 Business Plan


    UK: South Western Railway has agreed its 2022-23 Business Plan with the Department for Transport, setting out what it plans in the second year of its National Rail Contract and how much it will cost. Under the National Rail Contract all revenue is paid to the ...

  • London Waterloo station (Photo: Network Rail)
    Rail Business UK

    South Western Railway defers December 2022 service increase


    UK: South Western Railway has agreed with Network Rail and the Department for Transport to defer the timetable changes which were planned for December this year, citing the lack of commuter demand following the pandemic and ‘the ongoing cost challenge facing the rail industry’. During last ...

  • Open access operations Hull Trains and Lumo are both ‘marginally ahead’ of  FirstGroup’s expectations
    Rail Business UK

    First Rail’s management fee operations meet expectations and open access is ahead


    UK: Performance at First Rail’s four management fee-based train operating companies is in line with expectations for the second half of the financial year, while open access operators Hull Trains and Lumo are marginally ahead of expectations, FirstGroup said in a trading update on February 25. ...

  • SWR Class 707 EMU
    Rail Business UK

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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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 ...