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About South Western Railway

Refurbishment news: 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 (€1.5 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.

Stagecoach South Western Trains is registered in both England and Wales where it launched South West Trains rail service in 1996. Their journey between Twickenham and London Waterloo was the first privatised scheduled train to operate for 48 years.

The South West Railway network includes routes through Hampshire, Surrey, Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Devon, Somerset, and Greater London. These routes serve a range of commuters and longer-distance travellers. The company’s six main lines include South West Railway are the South Western Main, the Portsmouth Direct, the West of England Main, the Wessex Main, the London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour and the London Waterloo to Reading Lines. Suburban routes are also available.

South Western Railway Strike Action December 2019

This December sees planned industrial action–by the RMT union—meaning train services operating on the following dates might be affected:

    2nd-11th December 2019
    13th-24th December 2019
    27th December 2019 - 1st January 2020

Please check before you travel and ensure to contact us should you no longer wish to travel or want to request a refund.

South Western Railway Timetable

Trains London to Exeter
Trains London to Bournemouth
Trains London to Southampton
Trains London to Portsmouth
Trains London to Bath


South Western Railway Popular Routes

South Western Railway FAQs

Will there be any big changes to the current South Western Railway routes?

Even after the rebranding of South Western Railway from South Western Trains, passengers can expect the same routes to be covered. Connecting the south of England to London Waterloo (the company's main terminus), South Western Railway offers reliable services for thousands of passengers a day. For the time being, strong connections from London to Bristol, Brighton, Portsmouth & South Sea, Exeter St. Davids and Reading will be upheld. Click on the collapsible links below for more information.

South Western Railway planned improvements timeline

Improved timetable 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.
  • Major facelift fror trains 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.
  • Speed up travell times 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.
  • 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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