Constituents regularly get in touch with me about the frequency and reliability of our train services, particularly at peak times into Waterloo. I recently met the Managing Director of South Western Railway, Andy Mellors, to discuss plans for improving these services.
So it is great news that SWR are introducing a new timetable from Sunday 10 December with longer trains and extra capacity on some of our busiest routes. New Class 707 trains are being introduced on parts of the network –primarily on the Waterloo, Windsor, Weybridge and Hounslow routes – and the existing train stock will be used to boost capacity elsewhere, particularly onto Reading services. A number of trains will be lengthened from 8 to 10 carriages with others extended up to 12 carriages. This has been made possible by the work that took place at Waterloo over the summer and forms a key part of the ongoing £800 million upgrade. I attach details of of the morning and evening peak services which will be lengthened which will mean better services at Putney, Earlsfield and Wandsworth Town.