• The South

    The South

    In Partnership for Britain's Prosperity is the industry's deliverable plan to change, invest and improve Britain's railway. See what the plan means for your area.

The South

In Partnership for Britain's Prosperity is the industry's deliverable plan to change, invest and improve Britain's railway. See what the plan means for your area.

Improvements being made in The South

More trains
  • Major improvements at London Waterloo will mean more trains and space at the station by 2019. Platform extensions will mean longer, 10-car trains and the reopening of the former Eurostar platforms
  • The new Elizabeth Line will boost London's rail capacity by ten per cent when it opens in 2018. Elizabeth Line passengers will benefit from new electric trains with 66 nine-car trains
  • South West Trains passengers will benefit from improved services including new trains, 57,000 extra seats and some services stopping at more stations
  • South West Trains has invested £65million in 108 extra and refurbished carriages providing space for more than 23,000 more passengers
  • Chiltern Railways and Network Rail have worked together to lengthen platforms at five key stations to allow for longer trains to keep up with growing capacity
A better experience
  • Many rail companies are improving passenger information using new technology. The public will increasingly benefit from comprehensive real-time information
  • Across the south-east, many passengers are benefitting from improvements including better information, new ticket machines, extra staff at stations and refreshed interiors and better accessibility on many trains. New trains on some routes will bring more seats, free WiFi, air conditioning and wider doors for easier boarding
Faster and more reliable journeys
  • The Thameslink programme is transforming north - south travel through London. When complete in 2018, it will mean more trains, faster journeys and better links – including a new service through the heart of London with Tube-like frequency of up to 18 trains an hour
Improving stations
  • Cycling enthusiasts are benefiting from investment in cycle-rail facilities. South West Trains is investing £3.8million to improve cycle facilities: eight new cycle hubs and 1,400 extra car parking spaces are being introduced at the busiest stations
  • £50 million investment is planned by GWR with partners to improve stations, including 2,000 new car park spaces across the Great Western network, customer information improvements and improved PA systems
  • London Paddington station is being transformed through a multimillion pound investment. The Grade 1 listed building will be restored, including the refurbishment of its historic retail and dining hub. Passengers will also enjoy a modernised station: more platforms, better accessibility, spacious pedestrian areas, bicycle parking and more seating

We are all backing the plan

Case studies

Case Study

Petersfield station converted into a welcoming travel and tourism information hub

  • £7K conversion transformed the Petersfield station old parcels office into a travel, tourism information hub to welcome rail visitors to Petersfield and the South Downs National Park.
  • Working together funding was provided by ACoRP, a local train operator, and East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership.
  • South Western Railway leases the office to ACoRP free of charge.

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