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South West Trains to cut rush-hour services to allow £275m carriage upgrade

South West Trains to cut rush-hour services to allow £275m carriage upgrade

South West Trains has announced it will reduce rush-hour services as it undergoes a £275m upgrade of its carriages.

The firm is aiming to add 258 more carriages between now and 2018 – a 30 per cent increase in peak time capacity – and carriages will be sent away for modifications and refurbishment as the changes take place.

As a result, from Monday the 7.24am service from Reading to Waterloo will be temporarily removed from the timetable and the 5.05pm service from Waterloo to Aldershot will temporarily start from Ascot.

Passengers who usually travel on the 7.24am service are advised to use the 7.12am or 7.42am trains, and those who usually travel on the 5.05pm service to Aldershot are advised to use the 4.50pm train.

The changes are expected to be in place until December 2015.

South West Trains has said the decision had ‘not been made lightly’ but was necessary to improve capacity on peak time services in the long run.

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