£240m order welcomed by Rail Minister who sits on train floor

Plans for a £240m fleet of new trains to benefit passengers on the UK’s busiest commuter rail franchise moved forward today.

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First pictures of new trains for region's railways

One of the new trains from Siemens Credit: Siemens

The new second generation Desiro City trains, being provided by Siemens for South West Trains, are similar in style to the Class 700 units being produced for the Thameslink route. They will be used to operate ten carriage trains on the busy Waterloo to Windsor services, allowing a cascade of trains across the network to ultimately deliver significant extra capacity on other key routes into London Waterloo. Longer trains will run from Staines through to Bracknell, Ascot and Reading and on a number of mainline services from Basingstoke to London Waterloo.

South West Trains orders 150 new carriages

More carriages for commuters Credit: Meridian

Plans for a £210m fleet of new trains to benefit passengers on the UK’s busiest commuter rail franchise moved forward today. South West Trains announced its intention to award the contract to manufacturer Siemens and leasing company Angel Trains.

The 30 new five-carriage Desiro City trains will boost capacity on services at South West Trains, providing for more than 18,000 extra peak-time passengers every day travelling into London Waterloo, the country’s busiest station. The train order will also allow for a further 6,000 daily peak-time passengers once infrastructure upgrades are completed on the mainline and Hounslow loop.

The first of the 150 new carriages will begin arriving in 2017 and all will be in service by early 2018.

Around 140 new jobs will also be created as a result of the new trains order. New employment opportunities will be available for engineers, drivers, guards and maintenance staff in a further boost for the rail sector.

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