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South West Train disruption due to electrical supply issues

South West Trains Service has announced there is disruption on services between Bournemouth and Basingstoke due to electrical supply problems at Southampton Central.

Delays of up to 40 minutes and cancellations can be expected until 1:00pm.

The disruptions are also affecting Southern, CrossCountry and First Great Western services.

All services cancelled at Southampton Station

Passengers are facing long delays at Southampton Credit: Jess Cox
Passengers are stranded at Southampton station Credit: Jonathan Marland

Train services at Southampton Central are cancelled because of electrical supply problems. All lines are affected and disruption is expected until at least 1pm.

Some Diesel trains operated by First Great Western, CrossCountry and by South West Trains between Salisbury and Southampton via Chandlers Ford and Romsey will be able to operate, however this will offer a restricted service.

The station says replacement transport is being arranged and will operate between Fareham and Southampton Central and Eastleigh and Southampton Central.

Customers are being advised that mutual ticket acceptance has been agreed between South West Trains, Southern, CrossCountry & First Great Western in the area. Customers may use any operators services to complete their journey.

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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.

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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.

Rail firms to invest £1.2 billion on South's trains

Network Rail and South West Trains are promising more trains, improved stations and more seats for rail passengers travelling through Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire. The alliance between the two firms will invest £1.2 billion in a five-year scheme that starts tomorrow.

The money will be spent on the rail network connecting Waterloo to Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and beyond between now and 2019. The investment is part of a wider programme to deliver an extra 115,000 seats a day into the capital by 2019 - an increase in capacity of 20 per cent.

"The growth we are managing now is phenomenal - more than 95m passengers at Waterloo with us every year -there is a clear need to improve the railway in the area.

"Improving Waterloo is a key part of our strategic plan and it will benefit passengers across our network, not just in London. In the next five years we are delivering longer trains between Reading, Ascot and Waterloo, 10-car trains throughout our suburban network.To do this, we need to upgrade the power supply and extend a number of platforms to cope with the extra demand. We also will run additional capacity on some of our main line routes.

"We are also working on plans to improve the resilience of the railway to extreme weather and renewing our focus on safety. While we are the safest railway of our size in Europe, we are not complacent - particularly when it comes to level crossings and the safety of our workforce.

"The next five years will make a huge difference to everyone who travels by train and we are committed to delivering a better, safer, more reliable railway for them."

– Tim Shoveller, Managing director, Network Rail/ South West Trains Alliance,
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