Ambitious plans were put forward today by the South West Trains Network Rail Alliance to help cope with a big rise in passenger numbers. 600,000 people now use SWT every day and that figure is due to rise by 40 per cent. They include a possible new fleet of double-deck trains, new platforms and high speed services.
Commuters at Southampton, Guildford and Winchester complain they find it difficult to get a seat in the rush hour.
The multi-billion pound scheme is out for consultation for the next three month.
The draft study identifies priorities for the period from 2019 to 2024 – and looks ahead to 2043. A final report wil be published next year.
Potential options include:
- New double-deck trains
- Electrification to Salisbury
- 125mph on some sections of track
- Flyovers at Woking and Basingstoke
- Extra platforms at Southampton Central and Guildford
- Development of cab based signalling and automatic train operation
- Extra track from Surbiton to Clapham Junction
- Crossrail 2
ITV Meridian's transport correspondent Mike Pearse has more: