Class 458 train

Class 458 "Coradia Juniper"

Five-carriage trains on our London Waterloo to Reading route

The Class 458 Coradia Juniper is a five-carriage train developed from our previous Class 458 four-carriage trains, with additional carriages donated from the Class 460 fleet operated by Gatwick Express. You'll commonly find them on routes between:

  • London Waterloo and Reading
  • London Waterloo and Windsor
  • London Waterloo and Hounslow (via Brentford and via Richmond)
  • London Waterloo and Weybridge (via Brentford)

The Class 458 came into service in 2000, and was built by Alstom GEC. These trains had four carriages, and were intended to replace many of the British Railway "slam door" trains used before. After being returned to the manufacturer, and the Class 450 Desiro being introduced in 2004, the fleet was re-leased by the then-South West Trains. Following significant work at Wimbledon depot the trains became some of the most reliable in the UK, winning a number of awards. They'll be replaced in 2020 by our new Class 701 Aventra trains.

Interior of Class 458 train 

How many seats does a Class 458 have?

A Class 458 has 270 Standard Class seats. There is no First Class on these trains.

How many cycles can a Class 458 carry?

A Class 458 can carry 2 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 458?

Two wheelchair users can travel safely on a Class 458.

What accessible features does the Class 458 have?

Our Class 458 trains have:

For physically disabled people:
  • Power-operated external doors, which contrast with the rest of the train. They're at a height where they can be used by a wheelchair user on the platform easily.
  • 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.
  • Gender-neutral lavatories are provided throughout the train. An accessible lavatory with call-for-aid buttons at floor level and adequate room to move a wheelchair or scooter can be located in the area for wheelchair users. There are also handholds and a low-level sink with motion-activated water and dryer.
  • Call for aid buttons near each wheelchair position, with direct communication to the driver.
  • An on-board ramp with locking pins for the train 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: Hugh Llewelyn from Keynsham, UK - 458 526, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link
Interior image: PeterSkuce - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

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