Stagecoach South Western Trains is registered in both England and Wales where it launched South West Trains rail service in 1996. Their journey between Twickenham and London Waterloo was the first privatised scheduled train to operate for 48 years.
The South West Trains network includes routes through Hampshire, Surrey, Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Devon, Somerset, and Greater London. These routes serve a range of commuters and longer-distance travellers. The company’s six main lines include South West Trains are the South Western Main, the Portsmouth Direct, the West of England Main, the Wessex Main, the London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour and the London Waterloo to Reading Lines. Suburban routes are also available.
Long-distance trains operate service to southern England from London’s Waterloo station, which includes stops in major coastal population centres like Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth. South West Trains also operate many local services on suburban commuter lines in south-west London and Surrey. Although First Great Western is the principal provider from London Paddington, South West Trains also offer trains to Reading, Exeter and Bristol.
Catering services are provided onboard on journeys from London to Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Exeter St Davids, with buffet services also available for passengers on evening peak trains to Bournemouth and Portsmouth.
Passengers may choose to travel with Anytime tickets, Off-peak tickets, Super off-peak tickets, advanced tickets as well as best value tickets. It’s possible to upgrade to First Class during the weekends and public holidays by simply sitting in that area and paying on the spot. South West Trains offer a type of ticket called Rangers & Rovers which allows unlimited travel within a pre-determined region.