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SOUTH WEST TRAINS

South West Trains, also known as SWT is a train operating company in Britain that provides the passenger services to suburban areas of London such as Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire. This train company worked as the South Western division of South East Network in 1923 before the pre grouping of London and other rail networks. The company underwent a massive overhaul in 1996 when it was privatised. This train service is one of the longest running private franchises. This train service is one of the largest and most expansive in United Kingdom.

Route
SWT has an extensive network of rail line that connects the various parts of London. There are a number of lines that originate from different parts of the city. There are six main lines that are operated by SWT namely:

1. South Western Main Line (SWML) operates in the south western part of London and connects Southampton Central, Bournemouth and Weymouth. There are special trains that run on Sundays which have their connectivity to Poole.
2. Porstmouth Direct Line which passes through the Guildford and Haslemere. This line leaves the main line at the Woking. There are semi fast services to Portsmouth. The fast services run at an interval of half an hour on Mondays to Saturdays. However there are only 2 trains on Sundays.
3. West England Main Line which connects the Salisbury, Yeovil Junction and Exeter St Davids.
4. Wessex Main Line connects the Salisbury to the Bristol Temple Meads. A part of the Wessex Main Line is used by SWT only. The train service is originated at London Waterloo and it then divided at Salisbury.
5. London Waterloo line to Portsmouth Harbour via Bakingstoke and Eastleigh. There is hourly service of the trains on Mondays to Saturdays. The train service is merged with Poole train on Sundays.
6. London Waterloo line to Reading via Staines and Ascot. This route provides the suburban services that are provide by SWT. The rail line diverges from Clapham Junction into a number of smaller suburban lines that connects the various suburban areas of London.

Besides this the rail network has a number of suburban rail lines such as:

1. Mole Valley Line from Raynes Park to Dorking via Epsom
2. Kingston Loop Line from New Malden to Twickenham
3. New Guildford Line from Surbiton via Cobham to Guildford
4. Hampton Court from Surbiton
5. The Alton branch from Brookwood

Some of the other lines of this network include:

1. Local lines of Southampton
2. Lymington Branch Line
3. Island Line
4. Southampton Central line that connects Portsmouth and Southsea

Tickets
The tickets play an important part in any rail journey. There is an extensive guide that is available on the website so that you can know more about the tickets and also choose the best one for yourself.

The types of tickets are:

Single and Return Tickets: This offers you four types of tickets that will be that will suit your needs. These tickets are Anytime, Off Peak, Super Off Peak and Advance.
Do check out the official website of this service to know more about these tickets.
Travelling around the London: If you plan to visit and explore some of the best places in the London then you have two options that will help you get around the capital city.
Travelcard: The travel card allows you to travel on the National Rail, London Overground, Tube and Docklands Light Railwaysand Tramlink Services according to the zonal system of fares with the London Zones 1 to 6. For those who are travelling outside London Zone 1 to 6, they can add a Day Travelcard to an Anytime, Off Peak and Super Off Peak Day Return tickets. This combination of the tickets will give you a free return from your current station to the first station that lies in the London Zone 1 to 6. The Travelcard tickets can be added to your rail season tickets easily.
Oyster Pay As you Go (PAYG): PAYG is valid on all routes that fall under the London Zone 1 to 6. The Oyster card allows you to pay only for the journeys that you make on National Rail, London Overground, London Underground and DLR. This card is simple and easy to use. Simply recharge your card with the appropriate credit and get ready to rock and roll.

You can also save up to 34 per cent on your journeys on the rail travel across the Great Britain using the Railcard. Also get some more discounts on buses and other links in London using Railcard.

Rail Season Tickets: For those who regularly use this train service can save time and get discount on their rail season ticket. You can book your rail season ticket anytime ranging from 1 to 12 months before the actual departure of the train. You can also include PlusBus or a Travelcard on your tickets so that you can reach the stations easily. Refer to the official website for more information.

Best Value Fares
There are some of the best ways through which you can obtain the cheap fare tickets from SWT easily. Refer to the website to know more about the tips and offers that are offered by the company.

Book the tickets in advance to redeem discounts up to 75 per cent on the tickets. You can reach the popular destinations of London by purchasing tickets at a dirt cheap price of 9.

GroupSave: This is another way through which you can save a lot on your trip. The group travelling has been the best way by which you can save money on your travel. For a group containing 3 or 4 adults, you only have to pay for only 2 tickets. For a group of children, they must be accompanied by an adult on the train. For a group having more than 10 persons, then the discount of 25 per cent is offered on the off peak travel.

Corporate and Business Travel
A free service has been dedicated to the business and corporate travel where you can leave all your worries and hassles on the company. The company will offer you the best fares and most appropriate tickets across the rail networks of UK. Refer to the main website for more information and signing up with the company to open an account for the same.

On Board Facilities
The on board catering is being provided in partnership with Rail Gourmet by an at seat trolley on many of the long haul trains. Also check out the season promotions and other offerings by Rail Gourmet during the festive season.

Quiet Zones: These zones are labelled with Blue in the windows and there are signs that are made on the doors. Please respect the privacy of the other passengers by keeping the noise to the minimum.

For expectant mothers, there has been a provision for the upgrade to the First Class if no Standard Class seats are available.