The contract to run the majority of train services in Surrey and Hampshire is up for renewal.


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Train franchise in Surrey and Hampshire is going out to tender

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6:01am 8th December 2015
(Updated 6:14am 8th December 2015)

South West Trains, which is owned by Stagecoach Group, has been operating the routes for almost 20 years.

Services from Woking and Guildford, into London Waterloo generate the most revenue for the firm.

The Government wants to know what passengers think of the current operator.

Hampshire County Council is among the organisations encouraging people to have their say.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “While the County Council will be putting in a formal response to this consultation, individuals can also make their views known to the Department for Transport.

“The train operating franchise which serves this area  is used by many Hampshire residents, and so I would urge people to take this opportunity to have their say on the DfT’s proposals, as the details of  the tender for train operating companies are put together.”

The consultation ends on 9th February and the contract to operate the South Western rail franchise becomes available in 2017.


The South Western rail franchise at a glance

  • There were 230 million passenger journeys in 2014/15, up 3.2% on the previous year.

  • 70% of journeys involve London Waterloo or Vauxhall stations.

  • Woking to London and Surbiton to London are the busiest flows on this franchise.

  • The highest revenue flows are Woking to London and Guildford to London.

  • Away from London, the busiest passenger flow between Woking and Guildford

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