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South West Trains boss says railways are a success - but admits trouble with overcrowding

The boss of South West Trains says rail privatisation has been a success but admits some trains are too overcrowded.

Tim Shoveller, the company's Managing Director, hit back at critics who say handing over the rails to the private sector - 20 years ago - was a disaster.

Mr Shoveller started his career as a guard at Guildford 25 years ago.

He says passenger numbers have doubled to over 600,000 a day and SWT is now by far the busiest commuter railway in Europe. He says there has been record investment.

But he admits trains are overcrowded at busy times and measures are needed to urgently reduce the problem. He spoke exclusively to our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse

Privatisation of rail companies hailed a success

South West Trains were privatised twenty years ago Credit: ITV News

It's been twenty years since the first rail companies, South West Trains and Great Western, were privatised.

They say it's been a major success with passenger numbers doubled and billions spent on new trains and stations.

But rail unions are calling for the companies to be put back into the public sector.

Disruption on South West trains till 11am

Trains running between Brockenhurst and Bournemouth are expected to be subject to delays until at least 11am today according to South West Trains.

The line was closed last night due to flooding causing major disruption for passengers. Although the line has been reopened trains are subject to speed restrictions.

  • Trains between Brockenhurst and Bournemouth are being delayed by up to 30 minutes
  • Electric trains are unable to run from Southampton to Bournemouth, buses are replacing these trains
  • South West Trains passengers travelling to intermediate stations from Southampton should travel via Bournemouth. Passengers travelling to Bournemouth from intermediate stations should travel via Southampton
  • Some services may be cancelled due to trains not been in the correct place at the end of service last night

South West Trains has apologised for the disruption and suggested that their passengers may use CrossCountry between Southampton and Bournemouth.

The hashtag on social media for the incident is #Brockenhurst.

The routes affected are:

CrossCountry between Manchester Piccadilly / Birmingham New Street and Bournemouth.

South West Trains between London Waterloo and Weymouth and between Brockenhurst and Lymington Pier

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Trains crowded, but running on time after yesterday's disruption

The trains are busy, but running on time today Credit: Mike Pearse

As usual trains at Basingstoke are crowded, but at least they're on time. A typical example was the 0759 to Waterloo.

South West Trains issued an apology after a day of massive disruption yesterday hit many of the 500,000 people who use its services every day.

Passengers faced five-hour delays after a person was hit by a train, stopping all services into Waterloo.

South West Trains apologises after rail disruption

The incident caused long delays to services Credit: Andy Bossom

South West Trains has issued an apology after a day of massive disruption yesterday hit many of the 500,000 people who use its services every day.

Passengers faced five-hour delays after a person was hit by a train, stopping all services into Waterloo.

A series of trespass incidents and train failures led to problems for most of the day.

The company says it worked hard to open the line as soon as possible but the incident was at 0730 - the busiest time of the day. The line was blocked for 90 minutes.

Services are currently running well.

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