Class 442 train

Class 442 "Wessex Electric"

Five-carriage long-distance trains on our Portsmouth via Guildford route

The Class 442 Wessex Electric is one of our long-distance trains. We have 18 of these trains. The Class 442 Wessex Electric will operate on our route between Portsmouth Harbour and London Waterloo (via Guildford).

The Class 442 Wessex Electric came into service in 1992, and was built by British Rail Engineering Limited. These trains have five carriages, and will operate "in multiple", which means two trains will run together as a 10-carriage train.

Interior of Class 442 train
Standard Class

How many seats does a Class 442 Wessex Electric have?

A Class 442 Wessex Electric has 302 Standard Class seats, and 32 First Class seats.

How many cycles can a Class 442 Wessex Electric carry?

A Class 442 Wessex Electric can carry 6 cycles. They can't carry tandem bicycles or trailers. Find out more about our cycle policy.

How many wheelchair users can travel on a Class 442 Wessex Electric?

Two wheelchair users can travel safely in standard class on a Class 442 Wessex Electric.

What accessible features does the Class 442 Wessex Electric have?

Our Class 442 Wessex Electric trains have:

For physically disabled people:
  • Power-operated external doors, which contrast with the rest of the train. The doors may not be wide enough for a user of a large wheelchair to use them unaided, whether self-propelled or motorised. If you're not able to board the train we'll arrange for a taxi to take you to the nearest suitable station where you can board a train, or your destination if it's closer.
  • Large external door operation buttons, with what the button does clearly marked in English. They contrast with the door and light up when active.
  • Gender-neutral lavatories are provided throughout the train. A universal lavatory can be located near the area for wheelchair users. There are also handholds and a low-level sink with motion-activated water and dryer. There may not be adequate room to move a wheelchair or scooter into the lavatory easily.
  • Call for aid buttons near each wheelchair position, with direct communication to the driver.
  • An on-board ramp that the crew are trained to deploy. The gap between the train and platform can often be difficult for wheelchair users and customers with limited leg and upper body strength. Assistance joining and leaving the train is available from the crew.
For D/deaf, hard-of-hearing, and sound-sensitive people
  • An on-board audiovisual announcement system in English. This system issues the stations where the train stops, as well as security and safety messages. The system can be overridden by the on-board crew.
  • A quiet carriage.
  • Our crew all carry smartphones, which you can use for alternative forms of communication if needed.
For blind, partially-sighted people, and photosensitive people
  • Assistance animals are welcome on board.
  • Large external door operation buttons, with what the button does clearly marked in English and Braille. They contrast with the door and light up when active. A chime will also sound when the doors have been activated, and an alarm will sound when they are closing.
  • Unfortunately the nature of how our trains are powered means that we can't guarantee lighting will be flicker-free. Warm fluorescent lighting is used throughout, with light diffusers.
For Autistic, anxious and Neurodiverse people
  • Assistance animals are welcome on board.
  • We welcome anxious or nervous travellers to try the train with us before making a journey. Our ambassador team will happily support individuals or groups at a station, navigating buying tickets, boarding trains, travelling, and seeking help if you need it.
  • Our crew all carry smartphones, which you can use for alternative forms of communication if needed.
For people with severe allergies or who are immunocompromised
  • Our heating and cooling systems are roof-mounted on the train. We're not able to turn these off except in emergencies.
  • You're welcome to use a safety/particulate mask on board if you need to.

Header Image: Justin Foulger - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link
Interior image: Bananaman28 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

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