Rail passengers to benefit as Class 442 trains are reintroduced

[SWR] Refurbished Class 442
Credit: South Western Railway

South Western Railway has announced that passengers will benefit from the refurbished ‘Class 442’ trains.

Four Class 442s have been running the London to Portsmouth and London to Poole routes since the new year with customers benefiting from more spacious and modern facilities.

In the trains, new features include Axminster Carpets, real-time passenger information and at-seat power for mobile devices. Additional benefits for First Class passengers include new leather seats and new tables.

The trains also benefit also WiFi is provided throughout. There is also LED lighting plus there are universal accessible toilets and seating facilities for disabled passengers.

What did the officials say?

Neil Drury, Engineering Director for SWR, said:

“We’re really pleased that these refurbished trains are now in passenger service. We’ve already had positive feedback about the extra space provided with the 2+2 seating configuration and other benefits such as Wi-Fi, LED lighting and real-time passenger info systems.

“Passengers will also notice the high quality of the refurbished interiors, including Axminster carpets and reupholstered seats.

“We’re proud of the fact the works have been undertaken at Eastleigh and Bournemouth depots. This has meant investment in local facilities across the South Western network, helping to boost the economy and secures jobs for people living in the communities we serve.

“We will look to introduce all of the Class 442s in the fleet back in to service as soon as possible.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. About time that South Western Railway have slowly started using the Class 442 trains on London Waterloo-Portsmouth Harbour, Portsmouth & Southsea, Southampton Central, Basingstoke, Winchester, Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth routes. But why only 18 Class 442 and not 24 Class 442.

  2. Some common sense here, the 442s are a quality well-built unit and an asset after several years as nobody’s favourite train. Ideally suited to the route they are serving. Well done SWR

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