New South West Trains services for Somerset get the green light

  • New services to begin in December 2015 following approval from rail regulator
  • 800 additional seats every weekday between London and Somerset
  • Bruton and Frome connected to London Waterloo for the first time ever

  • The rail regulator has approved the plans of South West Trains that will transform rail services in Somerset. Changes will result in extra services and new links to London for many communities across the region.

    The new services will provide:

  • Half-hourly train services from London to Yeovil Junction between 15:20 and 19:20*
  • 10 trains every week day connecting Yeovil Junction and Yeovil Pen Mill
  • Two new daily services connecting Bruton directly with London for the first time
  • Two new daily direct services between Castle Cary and Frome and Basingstoke, Woking and Clapham Junction
  • Yeovil Junction and Templecombe have two additional trains in the mid-afternoon – 13:50 from London Waterloo and 15:53 from Yeovil Junction
  • Yeovil Pen Mill will have six direct trains from and two trains to London Waterloo each week day
  • Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of South West Trains, said: “We are delighted that these plans have been approved and we will now be able to press ahead with major improvements on the West of England line from December.

    “Good transport links to our capital city, play a crucial role in helping to keep the local economy growing, and we are certain that our customers will enjoy using these new services.”

    The new services will be available from Monday 14th December.

    (From South West Trains August 25th 2015:

    http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/NewWestofEngland....)