|Longer Trains to Serve Hounslow Loop|
Ten-ten car services to increase capacity at local stations
South West Trains have introduced new longer trains on lines through local stations this week which they say will substantially increase capacity on local services in Chiswick and Brentford.
The first ten-car train travelled from London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside through Putney on Monday, 10th March, initially with two five-car units running in fixed formation. The longer trains are expected to serve stations on the Hounslow Loop including Brentford, Chiswick, Kew Bridge and Syon Lane later this year.
There are a total of 36 x 5 car Class 458/5 units being introduced to enable 10-car trains to run at peak times on the route from Waterloo to Windsor, Waterloo to Weybridge and on the Hounslow Loop. This week has seen the introduction of two of these 5 car trains and the rest will be rolled out over the coming year.
The 10-car trains will be able to stop at all trains on the Hounslow Loop. Every station on the loop has had the platforms lengthened with the exception of Syon Lane, Hounslow and Isleworth, where South West Trains say they have special arrangements in place that will see selected doors opening on the 10-car trains - this is a common arrangement in place at many other stations across the UK.
Adapted from article by James Dixon originally published on PutneySW15.com
March 14, 2014