South West Trains is moving forward on £210m plans for 30 new five-carriage trains which will boost commuters in Hampshire

South West Trains is moving forward on plans for £210m worth of new trains

South West Trains is moving forward on plans for £210m worth of new trains

First published in Hampshire Business

PLANS for £210m worth of new trains have moved forward which should improve journeys for tens of thousands of Hampshire commuters.

South West Trains (SWT) has announced its intention to award the contract for 30 new five-carriage trains to manufacturer Siemens and leasing company Angel Trains.

The new Desiro City trains will boost capacity on SWT routes in and out of London's Waterloo station, including it's service to Southampton Central and Southampton Airport Parkway.

Eventually, peak-time daily passenger numbers will increase by 24,000.

The first of the new carriages will begin arriving in 2017 and will all be in service by early 2018.

Around 140 jobs will be created as a result of the order.

Rail Minister Claire Perry said: ''More passengers are travelling on our railways than ever before and , to meet the demand for extra seats and services, over £38 billion will be spent on the railways during the next five years.

''This latest new train deal is proof not only of our determination to transform Britain's railways but also the industry's commitment to deliver a better journey for Britain's passengers.''

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2:48pm Wed 3 Sep 14

malcher says...

Siemens! So does that mean the 140 jobs will be in Germany then?
Siemens! So does that mean the 140 jobs will be in Germany then? malcher
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3:17pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Disallusioned Saint says...

Congratulations DE on very poor reporting yet again!!

Stock photograph of a two-car diesel unit (built at Derby some years ago) at unidentified station not on the SWT mainline from London to Weymouth (no thrid rail electrification and semaphore signalling!!). The new five car electric units will be built by Siemens overseas in Austria, where the rest of their Class 444 & 450 fleets were built in the early part of this century. Therefore no additional jobs in the UK!!

When will the DE start to employ reporters that have a working knowledge of the areas they are reporting on?
Congratulations DE on very poor reporting yet again!! Stock photograph of a two-car diesel unit (built at Derby some years ago) at unidentified station not on the SWT mainline from London to Weymouth (no thrid rail electrification and semaphore signalling!!). The new five car electric units will be built by Siemens overseas in Austria, where the rest of their Class 444 & 450 fleets were built in the early part of this century. Therefore no additional jobs in the UK!! When will the DE start to employ reporters that have a working knowledge of the areas they are reporting on? Disallusioned Saint
  • Score: 6

3:18pm Wed 3 Sep 14

malcher says...

malcher wrote:
Siemens! So does that mean the 140 jobs will be in Germany then?
After looking at SWT site one discovers that although the 140 jobs are in the "railway industry" they are unlikely to be in our area. Neither are the new trains intended for this area. Oh well, still a good headline I suppose!
[quote][p][bold]malcher[/bold] wrote: Siemens! So does that mean the 140 jobs will be in Germany then?[/p][/quote]After looking at SWT site one discovers that although the 140 jobs are in the "railway industry" they are unlikely to be in our area. Neither are the new trains intended for this area. Oh well, still a good headline I suppose! malcher
  • Score: 5

3:53pm Wed 3 Sep 14

__KTF__ says...

The press release makes no mention of them being used on the Weymouth mainline and they are going to be maintained at Wimbledon rather than Northam.

As for the lines they will be used on:

"They will be used to operate ten carriage trains on the busy Waterloo to Windsor services, allowing a cascade of trains across the network to ultimately deliver significant extra capacity on other key routes into London Waterloo. Longer trains will run from Staines through to Bracknell, Ascot and Reading and on a number of mainline services from Basingstoke to London Waterloo.

Ten carriage services will be introduced on the main suburban network for the first time, benefitting passengers travelling to stations such as Kingston, Epsom, Hampton Court and Guildford via Cobham. "

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The press release makes no mention of them being used on the Weymouth mainline and they are going to be maintained at Wimbledon rather than Northam. As for the lines they will be used on: "They will be used to operate ten carriage trains on the busy Waterloo to Windsor services, allowing a cascade of trains across the network to ultimately deliver significant extra capacity on other key routes into London Waterloo. Longer trains will run from Staines through to Bracknell, Ascot and Reading and on a number of mainline services from Basingstoke to London Waterloo. Ten carriage services will be introduced on the main suburban network for the first time, benefitting passengers travelling to stations such as Kingston, Epsom, Hampton Court and Guildford via Cobham. " All there on their site: http://www.southwest trains.co.uk/Passeng ers%20to%20benefit%2 0from%20210m%20train %20order%20for%20UKs %20busiest%20commute r%20network.aspx __KTF__
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5:19pm Wed 3 Sep 14

halibutjackson says...

Disallusioned Saint wrote:
Congratulations DE on very poor reporting yet again!! Stock photograph of a two-car diesel unit (built at Derby some years ago) at unidentified station not on the SWT mainline from London to Weymouth (no thrid rail electrification and semaphore signalling!!). The new five car electric units will be built by Siemens overseas in Austria, where the rest of their Class 444 & 450 fleets were built in the early part of this century. Therefore no additional jobs in the UK!! When will the DE start to employ reporters that have a working knowledge of the areas they are reporting on?
Can i be your friend? you sound like such fun!
[quote][p][bold]Disallusioned Saint[/bold] wrote: Congratulations DE on very poor reporting yet again!! Stock photograph of a two-car diesel unit (built at Derby some years ago) at unidentified station not on the SWT mainline from London to Weymouth (no thrid rail electrification and semaphore signalling!!). The new five car electric units will be built by Siemens overseas in Austria, where the rest of their Class 444 & 450 fleets were built in the early part of this century. Therefore no additional jobs in the UK!! When will the DE start to employ reporters that have a working knowledge of the areas they are reporting on?[/p][/quote]Can i be your friend? you sound like such fun! halibutjackson
  • Score: -3

5:37pm Wed 3 Sep 14

The Wickham Man says...

halibutjackson wrote:
Disallusioned Saint wrote:
Congratulations DE on very poor reporting yet again!! Stock photograph of a two-car diesel unit (built at Derby some years ago) at unidentified station not on the SWT mainline from London to Weymouth (no thrid rail electrification and semaphore signalling!!). The new five car electric units will be built by Siemens overseas in Austria, where the rest of their Class 444 & 450 fleets were built in the early part of this century. Therefore no additional jobs in the UK!! When will the DE start to employ reporters that have a working knowledge of the areas they are reporting on?
Can i be your friend? you sound like such fun!
Jeez at least he isn't flogging a 50 year old cliche like you mate. And you think you're being the clever one.......
[quote][p][bold]halibutjackson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Disallusioned Saint[/bold] wrote: Congratulations DE on very poor reporting yet again!! Stock photograph of a two-car diesel unit (built at Derby some years ago) at unidentified station not on the SWT mainline from London to Weymouth (no thrid rail electrification and semaphore signalling!!). The new five car electric units will be built by Siemens overseas in Austria, where the rest of their Class 444 & 450 fleets were built in the early part of this century. Therefore no additional jobs in the UK!! When will the DE start to employ reporters that have a working knowledge of the areas they are reporting on?[/p][/quote]Can i be your friend? you sound like such fun![/p][/quote]Jeez at least he isn't flogging a 50 year old cliche like you mate. And you think you're being the clever one....... The Wickham Man
  • Score: 1

6:01pm Wed 3 Sep 14

halibutjackson says...

The Wickham Man wrote:
halibutjackson wrote:
Disallusioned Saint wrote: Congratulations DE on very poor reporting yet again!! Stock photograph of a two-car diesel unit (built at Derby some years ago) at unidentified station not on the SWT mainline from London to Weymouth (no thrid rail electrification and semaphore signalling!!). The new five car electric units will be built by Siemens overseas in Austria, where the rest of their Class 444 & 450 fleets were built in the early part of this century. Therefore no additional jobs in the UK!! When will the DE start to employ reporters that have a working knowledge of the areas they are reporting on?
Can i be your friend? you sound like such fun!
Jeez at least he isn't flogging a 50 year old cliche like you mate. And you think you're being the clever one.......
What cliche?
[quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]halibutjackson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Disallusioned Saint[/bold] wrote: Congratulations DE on very poor reporting yet again!! Stock photograph of a two-car diesel unit (built at Derby some years ago) at unidentified station not on the SWT mainline from London to Weymouth (no thrid rail electrification and semaphore signalling!!). The new five car electric units will be built by Siemens overseas in Austria, where the rest of their Class 444 & 450 fleets were built in the early part of this century. Therefore no additional jobs in the UK!! When will the DE start to employ reporters that have a working knowledge of the areas they are reporting on?[/p][/quote]Can i be your friend? you sound like such fun![/p][/quote]Jeez at least he isn't flogging a 50 year old cliche like you mate. And you think you're being the clever one.......[/p][/quote]What cliche? halibutjackson
  • Score: -1

6:21pm Wed 3 Sep 14

forest hump says...

halibutjackson wrote:
The Wickham Man wrote:
halibutjackson wrote:
Disallusioned Saint wrote: Congratulations DE on very poor reporting yet again!! Stock photograph of a two-car diesel unit (built at Derby some years ago) at unidentified station not on the SWT mainline from London to Weymouth (no thrid rail electrification and semaphore signalling!!). The new five car electric units will be built by Siemens overseas in Austria, where the rest of their Class 444 & 450 fleets were built in the early part of this century. Therefore no additional jobs in the UK!! When will the DE start to employ reporters that have a working knowledge of the areas they are reporting on?
Can i be your friend? you sound like such fun!
Jeez at least he isn't flogging a 50 year old cliche like you mate. And you think you're being the clever one.......
What cliche?
I grow lettuce under cliches
[quote][p][bold]halibutjackson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]halibutjackson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Disallusioned Saint[/bold] wrote: Congratulations DE on very poor reporting yet again!! Stock photograph of a two-car diesel unit (built at Derby some years ago) at unidentified station not on the SWT mainline from London to Weymouth (no thrid rail electrification and semaphore signalling!!). The new five car electric units will be built by Siemens overseas in Austria, where the rest of their Class 444 & 450 fleets were built in the early part of this century. Therefore no additional jobs in the UK!! When will the DE start to employ reporters that have a working knowledge of the areas they are reporting on?[/p][/quote]Can i be your friend? you sound like such fun![/p][/quote]Jeez at least he isn't flogging a 50 year old cliche like you mate. And you think you're being the clever one.......[/p][/quote]What cliche?[/p][/quote]I grow lettuce under cliches forest hump
  • Score: 0

10:33pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Turtlebay says...

I bet the commuters would much rather have a reduction in their rail fares and not have the new trains!
I bet the commuters would much rather have a reduction in their rail fares and not have the new trains! Turtlebay
  • Score: 0

5:43am Thu 4 Sep 14

andyfidler1966 says...

The picture is of Platform 1 at Lincoln station, I believe.
The picture is of Platform 1 at Lincoln station, I believe. andyfidler1966
  • Score: 2

1:34pm Thu 4 Sep 14

camerajuan says...

Thousands of more passengers daily, as well as the ticket price increase.

Glad I can walk to work!
Thousands of more passengers daily, as well as the ticket price increase. Glad I can walk to work! camerajuan
  • Score: 0
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