This consultation opened on 29th September 2017 and will close on 22nd December 2017.

South Western Railway will be making some major changes to train services in the December 2018 timetable. The proposals have been developed with extensive input from customers and stakeholders; who asked for added peak capacity and faster services, earlier and later trains and more Sunday services. These are just some of the benefits you will see when the timetable begins on 9th December 2018. 

We really value your feedback – indeed we have received and responded to plenty of queries since the announcement of the change of operator. We invite you to review the proposals for your area and provide any comments you may have via email to All of these will be reviewed and considered to help shape the new patterns of service and to form the final consultation document that will be put to the Department for Transport and Network Rail. Unfortunately we cannot respond individually to your queries, however please be assured all of them will be considered when putting our final proposals together.

We plan to undertake some face to face meetings at stations where you will be able to meet the team and ask questions. The list of venues and dates are below:

  • Monday 13th November – PM 16:30-19:30 at Basingstoke
  • Tuesday 14th November – AM 07:00-10:00 at Southampton
  • Friday 17th November – AM 07:00-10:00 at Woking
  • Thursday 23rd November – PM 16:30-19:30 at Bournemouth
  • Monday 27th November – PM 16:30 – 19:30 at Egham
  • Wednesday 29th November - PM 16:30 - 19:30 at Surbiton

This timetable consultation is a major step on South Western Railway’s journey towards the delivery of improvements to services that we know customers want to see.

Please download the full consultation document here.

Key Issues Raised, Issue 1, 24th October 2017

Please note this list is not exhaustive. We will continue to evaluate any feedback received and use it to help shape our final timetable proposals wherever practical or possible.
Key Hubs
At peak times the number of trains calling on the Main Fast Lines at Clapham Junction has been reduced to allow more services to be fitted into the timetable and cater for the continued growth in longer distance commuting, this primarily affects trains arriving at Waterloo between 07:15 – 07:45 and 09:15 – 09:45 and those departing in the evening between 18:15 and 19:15. We continue to ask for your views on these trade-offs but note many responses received welcome the service increases.

Windsor lines

Table 149 from London
Table 149 to London
Reduction in peak calls at Martins Heron versus faster journey times to Wokingham, we welcome your continued feedback on this.

Changes in connectivity along the route especially to/from Hounslow Loop and to/from Chertsey.

Ascot to Aldershot and Guildford
Table 150 from Aldershot
Table 150 to Aldershot

Main Suburban Lines
Table 152  from London
Table 152  to London

Woking, Guildford, Alton and Basingstoke
Table 155 from London Table 155 REVISED BASINGSTOKE AND ALTON
Table 155 to London 

Reduction in AM peak calls at Hook and Winchfield. We have looked at this and propose providing three additional AM peak calls at both stations. This will reduce Farnborough and Fleet from 6tph to 4tph, in line with current service provision and the proposed PM peak service provision.

We have provided a new Table 155 with these changes highlighted in yellow and for improved clarity following feedback this timetable shows only the complete service between Hook, Winchfield, Fleet, Farnborough, Alton, Bentley, Farnham, Aldershot, Ash Vale and Brookwood to Woking and London. For the full service at stations West Byfleet to Esher inclusive, also Guildford please refer to the original consultation table 155.
We welcome your comments on this revised proposal and whether you support it, this will allow your feedback to shape the final timetable.

Portsmouth Direct Line
Table 156 from London
Table 156 to London

Which services call at Liphook, Liss and Rowlands Castle, especially for schools traffic in the Petersfield area. We are looking at this and welcome your continued feedback.

South Western Main Line
Table 158 from London
Table 158 to London

We have received a lot of feedback about the proposed service pattern beyond Bournemouth both in support of the faster journeys from Weymouth and Dorchester to London and against the removal of off-peak direct services to/from London at some of the smaller stations; including service frequency changes at Hamworthy along with the diversion of the second London departure from Weymouth towards Portsmouth.

We will continue to engage with local stakeholders and authorities in Dorset around the service provision on this section of the route. The route itself is constrained by the single-track section between Dorchester and Moreton and the restricted power supply, combined with a need to space the fast services half-hour apart at Southampton Central whilst delivering faster journeys from Weymouth. 

We plan to provide an update on this in mid/late November.

Salisbury, Romsey and Chandlers Ford to Southampton
Table 158A from Salisbury
Table 158A to Salisbury

Brockenhurst to Lymington
Table 159 from London
Table 159 to London

West of England
Table 160 from London
Table 160 to London

Portsmouth to Fareham, Southampton and Weymouth
Table 165 Eastbound
Table 165 Westbound

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