South Western Railway plan to halve number of trains during peak
South Western Railway says fewer trains means increased reliability
A new timetable is being proposed by South Western Railway that would see a substantial reduction in services at Queenstown Road train station.
The changes, which are due to be introduced at the end of next year, are designed to increase the reliability of services into Waterloo. They are part of a broader reduction in services which the train company says are being introduced as the experience during the pandemic confirmed to it that running fewer trains increases reliability.
South Western says that there is a major pinch-point at Queenstown Road where the tracks reduce from four to three lines and this has historically led to delays. It therefore plans not reinstate four of the eight previous trains calling at this station. It is hoped that improved London Underground services in the area due to the extension of the Northern line will mitigate the negative impact for local travellers.
The number of trains per hour travelling into Waterloo in the morning peak will fall from 60 to 53. Services approaching London Waterloo merge and operate over three pairs of lines: Fast Lines, Slow Lines, and Windsor Lines. South Western says this is the point on the network that is most congested and requires a complex set of interactions and crossing moves to allow trains to reach the correct platforms.
Overall the new timetable will have a capacity at 93% of pre-Covid levels with larger trains partially compensating for the loss of some services. South Western says that they are anticipating commuter travel recovering to just 60% of pre-Covid levels.
Other service reductions include the slow lines from Wimbledon seeing the number of trains drop to 18 to 16 during the morning peak and the Windsor Line through Putney will fall from 17 to 16.
In partnership with Network Rail and the Department for Transport, South Western have launched a consultation on proposals for the December 2022 timetable.
You can find out more about the plans by reviewing the consultation document which sets out the details of the proposed specification of services, and more information about the consultation. If you have any questions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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August 4, 2021