In early July 2018, South Western Railway (SWR) released a statement on their website. In it, the Operator reiterated their desire to run additional services – something they had included in their franchise submission for December 2018. Unfortunately, the statement said, this was now no longer possible. The long-promised extra services would not be implemented until May 2019 at the earliest. So what went wrong? In a word: Power. A beleaguered franchise South Western Railway have, in a ...
One thing that swiftly becomes apparent when looking at the recent London and South East draft RUS is how the proposed solutions to capacity problems are very different for the different lines, which all have their own particular features. In the lines examined so far there seems to be a positive way forward to overcome these problems in situations where they could become significant, although it does seem that the Brighton Main Line would face a relatively small capacity ‘gap’ that ...
The DfT have announced that they have concluded a deal with SWT that will see the operator sell Oyster services from May 2011. The money to furnish the necessary changes will come from the funds SWT are required to commit towards station improvements. SWT currently stand as the only London operator not to offer Oyster products (except at Wimbledon and Richmond) and have, historically, been seen by many as one of the major opponents of the smartcard scheme. Sources suggest that they were one of ...
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