A new fleet of state-of-the-art trains will be introduced onto suburban South West London lines from next year. The trains, part of a contract signed by South Western Railway and Bombardier, will be the same as those due to be used on Crossrail services later this year.
In addition to delivering a significant performance increase with innovative energy benefits such as regenerative braking, the new trains will transform the passenger experience with features including;
- wide-open gangways between carriages
- air conditioning
- 2 + 2 seating
- USB sockets at seat locations
- universal toilets
- and an improved passenger information system.
Steve Montgomery, First Rail Managing Director said;
“We have exciting plans for the South Western rail franchise and these new trains are an important step on the way to delivering an improved journey experience for our passengers. We know from listening to passengers and stakeholders that alongside improved performance, what they want to see is additional seats and we will deliver this via these state-of-the-art trains.”
The new units will be supplied in both 5-car and 10-car configurations, and are due to be rolled out across the Windsor, Reading and suburban South West London routes between mid-2019 and 2020.