South West Trains are no more!
Wimbledon & Wandsworth said a last goodbye to South West Trains yesterday morning (Sunday 20 August) as the infamous train operator was replaced by South Western Railway.
The train operating company, which has serviced the South West of the country including Wimbledon & Wandsworth for the past 21 years, bid a final farewell with its last ever train journey leaving London Waterloo at 1:42am on Sunday morning.
We can’t say that’s any way to go – sure to be filled with a drunken rabble of partygoers chowing down on McDonald’s Big Macs, but ho hum!
Their replacement, railway franchise South Western Railway, made its first journey soon after South West Trains alighted the track for good.
After winning a bidding war against South West Trains, the new franchise will oversee an astounding £1.2billion investment into the service over the next seven years.
It’s set to be ‘all change’ as South Western Railway take the wheel, with a catalogue of improvements soon to come.
New trains are set to be introduced by December 2020, all that will include WiFi, power sockets and increased capacity. Once rolled out, the new trains will also include infotainment systems, meaning you can watch Finding Dory while finding out whether or not you’re going to be late for work.
Journey times look set to decrease between London and destinations further afield including Southampton and Portsmouth, while a new timetable will be introduced from December 2018 offering later trains, earlier trains and increased services overall.
£90million will be used to spruce up certain stations in much need of some TLC including Southampton and our very own, Wimbledon, while new and improved promotional fares, including a new ticket for 16-18 year olds in education and a ticket for part-time commuters, are all on the horizon.
If all the above materialises, South Western Railway could have some very happy customers on their hands indeed.