South Western Railway introduces new timetable

Image above: SW trains

South Western Railway have announced a new timetable starting Monday 21 February, which will see train services return to pre-Omicron levels.

Earlier this year, SWR was forced to introduce a temporary timetable in response to staff absences caused by the spread of Omicron. An improvement in staff availability means the rail service can increase the number of trains it runs without compromising reliability for customers.

The new services are timely as more people return to commuting, following the lifting of the government’s instruction to work from home. The timetable will be almost identical to the one that served customers in December 2021, meaning many services will be reinstated.

Details of service levels up until the uplift can be found via:  

‘A difficult period for the railway’

Commenting, SWR Managing Director Claire Mann said:

“It has been a difficult period for our railway and the customers it serves, with significant staff shortages giving us no choice but to temporarily reduce our timetable last month.

“With staff availability now consistently improving, we are pleased to be able to announce this uplift, which will essentially see service levels return to where they were prior to the spread of Omicron.

“More and more people are returning to our railway, and this timetable will ensure that we match capacity and demand while delivering reliability for customers”.

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