Extra Trains To Ease Conditions On Wandsworth Lines

60 more carriages for South West Trains services into Waterloo by 2013

Extra train carriages are to be introduced to some of the country's busiest rail routes in London and the South East. Sixty extra carriages will benefit South West Trains services into London's Waterloo station, allowing around 8,000 extra peak-time passengers into the terminal every morning.

The former Waterloo International Station is also set to be reopened for commuter services, the Department of Transport said. The new carriages will mean trains from Windsor, Weybridge (via Staines), Portsmouth, Southampton, Eastleigh, Reading, Hounslow and Alton will be lengthened, and additional services will also run from Reading. They will be introduced from May 2013, with all new services in place by July 2014.

Transport Secretary and local MP Justine Greening said: "Passengers travelling into Waterloo have to suffer some of the busiest trains in the country, with sardine-can like conditions on many peak-time services.

"These extra carriages will help ease those conditions, while opening an extra platform will provide space for additional trains to run.

"But our plans do not stop here. We are now embarked on one of the largest programmes of rail investment since the Victorian era and we expect to introduce further carriages on Waterloo routes and bring more platforms into use in the future."

London Assembly Member for Wandworth, Richard Tracey, said: "This is splendid news of better and more comfortable travel for us in Wandsworth. Together with Jane Ellison MP, I have constantly lobbied the Government'sTransport Department, and several months ago Justine Greening went with us as Putney's MP to carry the message. Now she is delivering as Transport Secretary. Well done."

December 24, 2011