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South West Trains' announcement it's to spend £40 million upgrading its fleet of trains could be a major boost for jobs, says our Transport Correspondant Mike Pearse.
The 455's that run on routes to London will have new motors and electrics fitted to make them more reliable.
Mike said: "The carriages already break down less than any others in the country. They will also have a new system fitted that allows them to use less electricity."
The move will benefit commuters across Weymouth, Bournemouth, Southampton, Portsmouth and Reading.
The work will be carried out at Eastleigh over the next three years and will be paid for by SWT and the Government.
Rail passengers in our region are to benefit from £40million of investment.
South West Trains is to upgrade its fleet aiming to offer greater reliability on services from London Waterloo to Reading. Over the next 20 months, one hundred more carriages will be introduced.
Christian Roth, engineering director, said: “Our Class 455 trains are already by far the most reliable fleet in the country, however we are not complacent and we want to make sure these excellent results are sustained and improved even further.
“The new traction motors will help us to improve the reliability of these trains for our passengers at the same time as delivering environmental benefits through the reduced electricity supply.”