South West Trains to offer extra services and more stops for Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire

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The improvements will be introduced from 11 December and are in response to feedback and ideas from local passengers, stakeholders and communities to enhance the options available to passengers.

  • New timetable due to be introduced from 11 December 2016
  • New services to the Heart of Wessex line, including Frome and Castle Cary
  • Includes a new Friday Night train from London to the Blackmore Vale
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  • South West Trains passengers in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire will shortly benefit from a new timetable, offering new and extended services.


The improvements include:

  • An additional two trains per day between London Waterloo and Castle Cary, Bruton and Frome – bringing the total to three
  • A new Friday Night train to Yeovil Junction departing London Waterloo at 11.40pm serving Tisbury, Gillingham, Templecombe and Sherborne
  • A Sunday evening service from Frome, Westbury and Warminster to Clapham Junction and London Waterloo
  • A new Saturday morning service for Weymouth, Dorchester and Wareham to London Waterloo
  • A later last train on Saturdays evening – the 8.20pm Waterloo to Yeovil Junction is extended to Crewkerne and Axminster
  • On weekdays the 6.15am Yeovil Junction to Exeter will start from Gillingham
  • The 7.25am Exeter St Davids to London Waterloo will be extended to six carriages for its entire journey

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These improvements to the timetable are the latest enhancements to services provided by South West Trains over the last 12 months, which has included Summer Special services to Dorchester and Weymouth, extra services for Glastonbury, extending a weekday morning service to link Gillingham with Exeter St David’s and free WiFi on all trains between Salisbury and Exeter.

Chris Loder, Head of Service Strategy for South West Trains, said: “This combination of new and extended services will provide a real boost for our passengers and communities in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire every week and is part of our efforts to continue to improve our services.

“They are the result of positive feedback from our passengers, as well as local stakeholders and communities and we are delighted we will be able to introduce them from this December.

“However, we are not complacent and know there are further improvements we can still make and we will continue to work with our partners and others to find further ways to develop and improve our services.”

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Andrew Commons
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