Thanks to all that have come along to the roadshows for far. We’ll update this page over the coming weeks with questions and answers that have come up at the roadshows. Below you’ll find the presentation we have created for the events.
We’ve been asked loads of questions at the staff roadshows about the new franchise. There have been some questions that we haven’t had the exact details to hand so we’re putting up more information here. We’ll be updating the page with more answers regularly.
Are you proposing later trains from Waterloo to Portsmouth?
We are proposing a later fast service, just after midnight from Waterloo to Portsmouth calling at principal stations, this will require negotiations with Network Rail. This proposal is subject to consultation once the new franchise has started.
What improvements are you planning to make at Southampton Central Station?
We will provide a new, covered frontage, better waiting and ticket office facilities, and new and improved retail. We will also construct a canopy providing shelter to the taxi/bus/ferry interchange with additional waiting room space at the south entrance.
How are we increasing the services and cutting down journey times of the west of England line?
Services are currently planned to wait outside Waterloo in the direction towards Waterloo and from Waterloo outside Salisbury for other services, by changing the timetable we will be able to remove this time. We are also reviewing the station dwell times at Basingstoke and Woking. This proposal is subject to consultation once the new franchise has started.
What is happening with the level crossing at Feltham?
We understand from NR it is planned to be closed.
How are you proposing to increase the number of services between Portsmouth and Waterloo?
We are proposing the stopping service off-peak will have skip stopping, this means overall the smaller stations will still receive 1tph but it will be faster to London. The service will now provide a usable journey option every half hour from Clapham Junction to Portsmouth and we are planning to increase the number of services at Liphook. This proposal is subject to consultation once the new franchise has started.