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Franchise(s):Network SouthCentral
26 August 2001 – 24 May 2003
South Central
25 May 2003 – 19 September 2009
Gatwick Express
22 June 2008 – 19 September 2009
South Central (incl Gatwick Express)
20 September 2009 – 24 July 2015
Main Region(s):London, West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey
Other Region(s):Hampshire, Kent, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire
Fleet size:297
Stations called at:213
Stations operated:156
Route km operated:666.3
National Rail abbreviation:SN
Parent company:Govia (Go-Ahead/Keolis)
Web site:www.southernrailway.com
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Southern[1] is a train operating company in the United Kingdom owned by Govia operating the South Central franchise.[2] It is a subsidiary of Govia, a joint venture between transport groups Go-Ahead and Keolis, and has operated the South Central rail franchise since August 2001 and the Gatwick Express service since June 2008.

Southern operates passenger services from London Bridge and London Victoria to Beckenham Junction, Epsom Downs, Leatherhead, East Grinstead, Uckfield, Caterham, Tattenham Corner, Horsham, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton, Eastbourne and Ore.

It also operates services from Brighton to Ashford, Brighton to Seaford, Brighton to Southampton and South Croydon to Milton Keynes.

HistoryEdit

Connex South Central was awarded the Network SouthCentral franchise by the Director of Passenger Rail Franchising with operations commencing on 26 May 1996.

In March 2000 the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority announced its intention to relet the franchise from May 2003 with Connex and Govia the shortlisted bidders.[3][4] In October 2000 the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority announced that Govia had been awarded the franchise and would operate it from May 2003.[5] Govia negotiated a deal with Connex to buy out the remainder of its franchise, and the transaction was completed in August 2001.[6][7][8] Govia trading as SouthCentral[9] took over operations on 26 August 2001.

The franchise was originally to run for twenty years but in 2002 the Strategic Rail Authority changed the way it wanted investment funded and Govia was awarded a seven and a half-year franchise until December 2009.[5][10][11]

In May 2004 the franchise was rebranded as Southern in a deliberate recall of the pre-nationalisation Southern Railway with a green roundel logo with Southern written in yellow in a green bar.

In April 2007 the Department for Transport announced that the Gatwick Express franchise was to be incorporated into the South Central franchise.[12][13] This was part of a plan by the Department for Transport to increase capacity on the Brighton Main Line, involving the extension of peak-hour services from Gatwick to Brighton and Eastbourne from December 2008. This doubled the number of London to Brighton express trains during those periods.[14]

In December 2008 took over the services on the Redhill to Tonbridge Line from Southeastern.[15]

The South Central franchise end date was brought forward to September 2009 upon the integration of the Gatwick Express service, in order to allow the new operator to be in place during major changes to the timetable in and around South London in December 2009.[16] In the run-up to the bidding process for the franchise, reports emerged suggesting that Transport for London, the operator of the London Overground service, wished to take control of all overground services in South London, including the 'Metro' area of the South Central franchise.[17][18] However, such a transfer never took place and the entire franchise was put forward for tender by the Department for Transport.

In August 2008 the Department for Transport shortlisted Abellio, Govia, National Express, NedRail and Stagecoach for the new South Central franchise.[19][20][21]

In June 2009 the Department for Transport announced that Govia had retained the franchise commencing on 20 September 2009.[22][23]

The Department for Transport has announced that, at the conclusion of the Southern franchise in July 2015, the South Central franchise will be merged into the Thameslink Great Northern franchise.[24][25]

In March 2012 the Department for Transport announced that Abellio, FirstGroup, Govia, MTR and Stagecoach had been shortlisted for the new Thameslink Southern Great Northern franchise.[26][27] The Invitation to Tender was to be issued in October 2012, with the successful bidder announced in spring 2013. However, in the wake of the InterCity West Coast refranchising process collapsing, the government announced in October 2012 that the process would be put on hold pending the results of a review.[28]

In December 2012 Southern's London Victoria to London Bridge via Denmark Hill service ceased, being partially replaced by London Overground's Clapham Junction to Surrey Quays service.

RoutesEdit

The network of services operated by Southern includes Metro services in South London suburbs and regional services extending into the southern Home Counties. Almost all routes are south of the river Thames, with the exception of the West London service which crosses the city via Shepherd's Bush and runs up the West Coast Mainline to Milton Keynes. Along with the Thameslink route, this provides one of the few long-distance National Rail routes to run right across London instead of terminating at one of the London rail termini. Southern routes which do not serve London include the West Coastway and East Coastway Lines which serve stations along the south coast of Sussex, Kent and Hampshire.

Details of each route, including maps and timetables, are on Southern’s website (see External links, below). Its routes off-peak Monday to Saturday, with frequencies in off-peak trains per hour, include:

Brighton Mainline
Route Frequency Calling at
London Victoria to Brighton Fast 2 trains per hour Clapham Junction, East Croydon
London Victoria to Brighton Semi-fast 1 train per hour East Croydon, Gatwick Airport, Burgess Hill and Hassocks.
Some peak time services starting at London Bridge and/or calling at Three Bridges, Balcombe, Haywards Heath, Wivelsfield, Preston Park
colspan="3" style="background:#Template:GatExp colour; color:White" | Gatwick Express
Route Frequency Calling at
London Victoria to Gatwick Airport 4 trains per hour non-stop Dedicated airport service. (Extended to Brighton at peak times.)[29]
Mainline East
Route Frequency Calling at
London Victoria to Eastbourne 1 train per hour Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport, Haywards Heath, Wivelsfield, Plumpton, Cooksbridge, Lewes, Polegate, Hampden Park, Pevensey & Westham, Cooden Beach, Collington, Bexhill, St Leonards Warrior Square, Hastings

Service runs with Mainline West service to Littlehampton between London Victoria and Haywards Heath where both services divide due to the capacity of the Brighton Main Line.

London Victoria to Ore 1 train per hour extension to Eastbourne service.
Mainline West
Route Frequency Calling at
London Victoria to Littlehampton 2 trains per hour Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Preston Park, Hove, Portslade, Shoreham-by-Sea, Lancing, Worthing, West Worthing, Durrington-on-Sea, Goring-by-Sea, Angmering
Service runs with Mainline East services to Eastbourne and Ore between London Victoria and Haywards Heath where both services divide due to the capacity of the Brighton Main Line.

One train per hour doesn't stop at Burgess Hill, Preston Park and Portslade. Another one doesn't stop at Lancing.

London Victoria to Bognor Regis 2 trains per hour Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Redhill, Horley Gatwick Airport, Three Bridges, Crawley, Horsham, Christ's Hospital, Billingshurst, Pulborough, Amberley, Arundel, Ford, Barnham, Chichester, Southbourne, Emsworth, Havant, Fratton, Portsmouth & Southsea, Cosham, Portchester, Fareham, Swanwick
Bognor Regis services run with a service to either Portsmouth or Southampton between Victoria and Horsham, where they divide. Bognor Regis services call at all stations between Horsham and Barnham twice hourly with the exceptions of Amberley and Christ's Hospital, where there is only an hourly service. Portsmouth and Southampton services run non-stop between Horsham and Barnham
London Victoria to Portsmouth Harbour 1 train per hour
London Victoria to Southampton Central 1 train per hour
Coastway East
Route Frequency Calling at
Brighton to Seaford 2 trains per hour London Road (Brighton), Moulsecoomb, Falmer, Lewes, Southease, Newhaven Town, Newhaven Harbour, Bishopstone
Brighton to Lewes 1 train per hour London Road (Brighton), Moulsecoomb, Falmer
Brighton to Ore 1 train per hour London Road (Brighton), Moulsecoomb, Falmer, Lewes, Glynde, Berwick (Sussex), Polegate, Hampden Park, Eastbourne, Pevensey & Westham, Pevensey Bay(Limited), Normans Bay(Limited), Cooden Beach, Collington, Bexhill, St Leonards Warrior Square, Hastings
Brighton to Ashford International 1 train per hour Lewes, Polegate, Eastbourne, Bexhill, St Leonards Warrior Square, Hastings, Three Oaks, Doleham(Limited), Winchelsea, Rye, Appledore, Ham Street
Coastway West
Route Frequency Calling at
Brighton to West Worthing 2 trains per hour Hove, Aldrington, Portslade, Fishersgate, Southwick, Shoreham-by-Sea, Lancing, East Worthing, Worthing
Brighton to Hove 2 trains per hour
Brighton to Portsmouth Harbour 1 train per hour Hove, Portslade, Southwick, Shoreham-by-Sea, Lancing, Worthing, Angmering, Barnham, Chichester, Southbourne, Emsworth, Havant, Fratton, Portsmouth & Southsea
Brighton to Southampton Central 1 train per hour Hove, Portslade, Southwick, Shoreham-by-Sea, Lancing, Worthing, West Worthing, Durrington-on-Sea, Goring-by-Sea, Angmering, Ford, Barnham, Chichester, Emsworth, Havant, Cosham, Fareham, (Swanwick/Eastleigh, Southampton Airport)
Littlehampton to Portsmouth & Southsea 1 train per hour Ford, Barnham, Chichester, Fishbourne, Bosham, Nutbourne, Southbourne, Emsworth, Warblington, Havant, Bedhampton, Hilsea, Fratton
Littlehampton to Bognor Regis 1 train per hour Ford, Barnham
Barnham to Bognor Regis 1 train per hour
Oxted
Route Frequency Calling at
London Victoria to East Grinstead 2 trains per hour Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Sanderstead, Riddlesdown, Upper Warlingham, Woldingham, Oxted, Hurst Green, Lingfield, Dormans
London Bridge to Uckfield 1 train per hour East Croydon, Oxted, Hurst Green, Edenbridge Town, Hever, Cowden, Ashurst, Eridge, Crowborough, Buxted

On days when Crystal Palace F.C. host matches at Selhurst Park, trains additionally call at Norwood Junction (London Bridge-bound trains stop before kick-off, Uckfield-bound trains stop after kick-off)

Redhill
Route Frequency Calling at
London Bridge to Tonbridge 1 train per hour New Cross Gate, Norwood Junction, East Croydon, Purley, Coulsdon South, Merstham, Redhill, Nutfield, Godstone, Edenbridge, Penshurst, Leigh. Earlswood, Salfords, Horley, Gatwick Airport, Three Bridges, Crawley, Ifield, Faygate, Littlehaven
London Bridge to Reigate 1 train per hour
London Bridge to Horsham 2 trains per hour
West London
Route Frequency Calling at
South Croydon to Milton Keynes Central 1 train per hour East Croydon, Selhurst, Thornton Heath, Norbury, Streatham Common, Balham, Wandsworth Common, Clapham Junction, Imperial Wharf, West Brompton, Kensington Olympia, Shepherds Bush, Wembley Central, Harrow & Wealdstone, Watford Junction, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamstead, Tring, Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley
Metro
Route Frequency Calling at
London Victoria to London Bridge via Crystal Palace 2 trains per hour Battersea Park, Clapham Junction, Wandsworth Common, Balham, Streatham Hill, West Norwood, Gipsy Hill, Crystal Palace, Sydenham, Forest Hill, Honor Oak Park, Brockley, New Cross Gate
London Victoria to Epsom via Mitcham Junction 2 trains per hour Battersea Park, Clapham Junction, Wandsworth Common, Balham, Mitcham Eastfields, Mitcham Junction, Hackbridge, Carshalton, Sutton, Cheam, Ewell East
London Victoria to Horsham via Leatherhead 1 train per hour Clapham Junction, Sutton, Cheam, Ewell East, Epsom, Ashtead, Leatherhead, Box Hill & Westhumble, Dorking, Holmwood, Ockley, Warnham
London Victoria to Dorking via Epsom 1 train per hour Clapham Junction, Sutton, Epsom, Ashtead, Leatherhead
London Victoria to Epsom via Norbury 1 train per hour Battersea Park, Clapham Junction, Wandsworth Common, Balham, Streatham Common, Norbury, Thornton Heath, Selhurst, West Croydon, Waddon, Wallington, Carshalton Beeches, Sutton, Belmont, Banstead, Cheam, Ewell East
London Victoria to Epsom Downs via Norbury 1 train per hour
London Victoria to Sutton via Norbury 2 trains per hour
London Victoria to Sutton via Crystal Palace 2 trains per hour Battersea Park, Clapham Junction, Wandsworth Common, Balham, Streatham Hill, West Norwood, Gipsy Hill, Crystal Palace, Norwood Junction, West Croydon, Waddon, Wallington, Carshalton Beeches.
London Victoria to Caterham via Norbury 2 trains per hour Battersea Park, Clapham Junction, Wandsworth Common, Balham, Streatham Common, Norbury, Thornton Heath, Selhurst, East Croydon, South Croydon, Purley Oaks, Purley, Kenley, Whyteleafe, Whyteleafe South.
London Bridge to Caterham via Forest Hill 2 trains per hour New Cross Gate, Brockley, Honor Oak Park, Forest Hill, Sydenham, Penge West, Anerley, Norwood Junction, East Croydon, South Croydon, Purley Oaks, Purley, Kenley, Whyteleafe, Whyteleafe South.
London Bridge to Tattenham Corner 2 trains per hour Norwood Junction, East Croydon, Purley, Reedham (London), Coulsdon Town, Woodmansterne, Chipstead, Kingswood, Tadworth.
Purley to Tattenham Corner 1 train per hour Reedham (London), Coulsdon Town, Woodmansterne, Chipstead, Kingswood, Tadworth.
London Bridge to Beckenham Junction via Crystal Palace 2 trains per hour South Bermondsey, Queens Road Peckham, Peckham Rye, East Dulwich, North Dulwich, Tulse Hill, West Norwood, Gipsy Hill, Crystal Palace, Birkbeck.
London Bridge to West Croydon via Norbury 2 trains per hour South Bermondsey, Queens Road Peckham, Peckham Rye, East Dulwich, North Dulwich, Tulse Hill, Streatham, Streatham Common, Norbury, Thornton Heath, Selhurst.
Other Services
Route Frequency Notes
Streatham Hill to London Bridge 1 train per day (departing Streatham Hill 15:56) Service calling at Tulse Hill, North Dulwich, East Dulwich, Peckham Rye, Queens Road Peckham, South Bermondsey.
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On-train announcementsEdit

Southern use on-train announcements on all services. These announcements are automated and are voiced by Julie Berry (who also announces on Southeastern, Heathrow Connect, c2c, London Midland, National Express, Merseyrail, First Capital Connect and the Piccadilly line)[citation needed]. A typical announcement would be as follows: "Welcome aboard the Southern service to Littlehampton and Eastbourne, calling at Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport and Haywards Heath, where the train will divide. Coaches one to four will continue to Littlehampton. Coaches five to twelve will continue to Eastbourne. Please ensure you are travelling in the correct part of the train. This is coach number five of twelve." and "We are now approaching East Croydon. Please mind the gap between the platform and the train". On the Class 377s the electronic displays also scrolls "Coach 5 of 12".

Rolling stockEdit

South Central inherited a fleet of Class 205, Class 207, Class 319, Class 421, Class 423, Class 455 and Class 456s from Connex South Central. Southern inherited a Class 73 and Class 460 Junipers from Gatwick Express.

A franchise commitment was to replace all the Mark 1 slam door stock resulting in Southern ordering 28 three-carriage, 139 four-carriage and 15 four-carriage, dual-voltage Class 377 Electrostars in September 2001 and March 2002 to replace the Class 421, Class 422 and Class 423s.[30]

In August 2002 Southern ordered nine two-car and six four-car Class 171 Turbostars to replace the Class 205 and Class 207s.[31] In 2006 a 10th two-car Class 171 was transferred from South West Trains.

In 2007 Southern ordered 12 four-car, dual-voltage Class 377/5 Electrostars to replace the remaining twelve Class 319s for transfer to First Capital Connect. In March 2008 Go Ahead purchased (rather than lease through a ROSCO) a further 11 Class 377/5s. However, all 23 ended up being sublet to First Capital Connect to provide extra stock for the Thameslink Programme Key Output Zero changes from March 2009.

In order to provide stock to operate the extended Gatwick Express services to Brighton, in 2008 Southern leased 17 Class 442 Wessex Electrics that had last been withdrawn by South West Trains in early 2007. After retaining the franchise in 2009, Southern leased the remaining seven Class 442s. The last of the Class 460 Junipers were withdrawn in September 2012.

To release Class 377/3s for use on London suburban services, Southern introduced a fleet of ex-London Overground Class 313s for use on the Coastway lines from May 2010.[32][33]

In 2011 Southern announced that, because of thedelays in procuring the new trains for the Thameslink Programme, the 23 Class 377/5s on sub-lease to First Capital Connect would not be returned on time to deliver the operator's planned capacity increases, scheduled to begin with the December 2013 timetable change. As a consequence, Southern began a process to procure 130 new carriages.[34] It was announced in December 2011 that Bombardier had been awarded a contract to supply 26 five-carriage Class 377/6s.[35] In November 2012 it was announced an option for an additional 40 carriages was being exercised.[36]

All twenty-four Class 456 sets are to be transferred to South West Trains in 2014 after the introduction of the Class 377/6 fleet.

Current fleetEdit

Class Image Type Top speed Number Cars per set Routes operated Built
mph km/h
Class 73 100px Electro-diesel locomotive 90 145 1[37] 1 Thunderbird locomotive 1965–1967
Class 171 100px DMU 100 160 15 Total
171/7 - 9
171/8 - 6[38]
171/7 - 2
171/8 - 4
Oxted Line (Uckfield branch)
Marshlink Line
2003–2004
Class 313 100px EMU 75 120 19 3 West Coastway Line: Brighton – Hove/West Worthing/Portsmouth Harbour and Littlehampton – Barnham/Bognor Regis/Portsmouth & Southsea
East Coastway Line: Brighton – Lewes/Seaford
Also operate services between Brighton and Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, Eastbourne and Ore during peak hours
1976–1977
Class 377 100px EMU 100 160 182 Total
377/3 - 28
Other - 154[38]
377/3 - 3
Other-4
377/6 - 5
Entire Southern network (apart from the Uckfield and Marshlink lines).
377/5 and a number of 377/2 units in use with First Capital Connect sub-leased from Southern
2002–2009
Class 442 (5Wes) Wessex Electric 100px EMU 100 160 17[38] 5 London VictoriaGatwick Airport/Brighton (Gatwick Express)
London BridgeEastbourne
Weekends: London VictoriaEast CroydonBrighton (Southern)
1988–1989
Class 455 100px EMU 75 120 46[37] 4 Suburban services from London Victoria and London Bridge on London Metro 1982–1984
Class 456 100px EMU 75 120 24[37] 2 Suburban services from London Victoria and London Bridge on London Metro

To be transferred to South West Trains in 2014

1990–1991

Future fleetEdit

 Class  Type  Cars per unit  Total Ordered  Notes
Class 377/6 EMU 5 26 Ordered as a replacement for the three 377/2 and twenty-three 377/5 units on loan from Southern to First Capital Connect.
The trains on loan to FCC won't be returned in time for lengthening services via Balham from 8 to 10 carriages.

Will also facilitate the release of the Class 456 to South West Trains.

Class 377/7 EMU 5 8 Additional 8 dual-voltage units.[39]
Class 387 EMU 4 29 Ordered for Thameslink, facilitating the release of existing trains Class 319 to newly electrified routes. In the longer term, these new trains will in turn also be cascaded. Delivery expected in 2015. This order has the provision of an extra 140 carriages.[40][41]

Past fleetEdit

 Class   Image   Type   Built   Withdrawn   Notes 
Class 205 (3H) 100px DMU 1957–60 2004 Some Preserved.
Class 207 (3D) 100px DMU 1962 2004 Some Preserved.
Class 319 100px EMU 1987 2008 Transferred to First Capital Connect.
Class 421 (4Cig) 100px EMU 1964–66 2005 Some Preserved.
Class 423 (4Vep) 100px EMU 1967–71 2005 Some Preserved.
Class 460 (8Gat) Juniper 100px EMU 2000–2001 2011–2012 Transferred to South West Trains to form Class 458/5s.

DepotsEdit

Southern's fleet is maintained at Brighton Lovers Walk and Selhurst depots. The Gatwick Express fleet is maintained at Stewarts Lane.

FutureEdit

Southern, as part of its successful bid for the South Central franchise in 2009, made several commitments to improving services across the network.[23] These included:

  • Increasing the length of suburban services in South London to 10 cars between 2011 and 2013
  • Increasing the service level on all routes in South London to 4 trains per hour (tph) until 23:00 each day, and the introduction of late-night services on Fridays and Saturdays
  • The introduction of an hourly service on Sundays between Brighton and Southampton Central, and an increase in the number of late-night services between Brighton and Worthing
  • The introduction of late-night services on the London to Uckfield route
  • Installation of new ticket gates at 22 stations across the network
  • Increasing the number of car-parking spaces at stations by 1,000 and the number of cycle spaces by 1,500
  • Cleaning and refreshing of all stations and trains on the network
  • Major refurbishments to seven stations: Brighton, Haywards Heath, Hove, Lewes, Redhill, Three Bridges and Worthing
  • Class 456 units are to be transferred to South West Trains in 2014 after the 26 new 5-car Class 377/6 fleet enter service with Southern in 2013

ThameslinkEdit

The Thameslink franchise is to be merged with Southern's South Central franchise when the current contract expires in July 2015.[24][25] The Thameslink franchise was due to expire on 14 September 2013 however the Department for Transport extended First Capital Connect's operation of the franchise while talks and agreements took place. Southern have ordered 116 new carriages for the Thameslink which are due to be delivered by 2015.[40]

Southern's parent company Govia operated the Thameslink franchise from March 1997 until March 2006.[42]

Uckfield-Lewes lineEdit

The franchise consultation paper released at the beginning of the 2009 franchising process stated that the ultimate franchise agreement would include a change mechanism to enable the DfT to incorporate additional routes into the South Central franchise, and it invited bidders to submit priced options for schemes put forward by stakeholders. One such scheme could, as indicated in the South Central Franchise Consultation Paper, be the reopening of the Uckfield – Lewes line, closed in 1969.[43] In recent years, several interested parties have been examining the possibility of reopening the line.[44][45]

The Key Smart CardEdit

In 2012 Southern became the first rail company in England to use the ITSO card on its network. The Key is a smartcard similar to Transport for London's Oyster Card. Tickets for the smart-card are only available in Single, Return, Weekly, Monthly and Annual Season tickets.[46] Southern plans to add a Pay-As-You-Go option in the near future however tests on this are still in-progress.[47] There are three types of The Key smart cards, Child, Adult and Staff. All child smartcards need pictures on to prove the age of the holder, however Adults who only wish to use their Smartcard for Single and Return tickets will not require a picture. The befits of using The Key are that it is insured so if it is lost or stolen the card can be de-activated and the tickets transferred onto a new card sent out in the post.[47] It is also conivinient as you don't need to take out a paper ticket as you can tap your wallet with the card in on the gate or validator post as you leave or enter the station.

The key allows you to buy Plusbus for the Crawley and Brighton areas. This is because Metrobus (which operates in Crawley) and Brighton and Hove Busses are owned by Govia, Southern's parent company. Brighton & Hove Busses also use the key on their busses however you are unable to use a B&H bus key on Southern and vice versa at the moment unless using Plusbus however southern is looking to change this by the end of 2013.[47]

The key only operates at stations managed by southern and outside of London because The Key is not currently compatible with the Oyster card readers and Southern have been working with Transport for London and the Department for Transport to change this and the Oyster Card readers should be compatible by December 2013.[47]

Southern operated a pilot for The Key between Brighton and Seaford in 2010 as these stations are only operated at by Southern trains (with the exception of Brighton) which was a success and so in 2012 it began to gradually expand across the network. Originally the only ticket typed avaialble on The Key were season tickets however in August 2013 Southern added Return and Single tickets to The Key.

CriticismEdit

In early 2006, Southern became the focus of attention from cyclists' groups as a result of its policy prohibiting the carriage of ordinary cycles during peak hours on trains destined for London and Brighton.[48]

Southern and sister company Southeastern were criticised in January 2007 for not wishing to introduce Oyster Pay As You Go on its London routes, stating that it was not financially viable. In 2007 Southern introduced Oyster on its Watford Junction to Clapham Junction route,[49] and the company later agreed in principle to the introduction of Oyster across its network,[50] but did not give any firm timescale, managing director Chris Burchell saying

"There are still a number of outstanding issues that need to be discussed with TfL, but we do not believe these will prevent us making PAYG a reality on our network. We look forward to discussions with TfL on how we can make this happen as soon as possible for our passengers."[51]
In its successful franchise bid in 2009, Southern said it was committed to rolling out Oyster Pay As You Go in the London area, but also that such a move was subject to industry agreement.[23] Since 2 January 2010, Oyster Pay as You Go has been valid on all its London routes, along with most other train services in the London area.

TimetablesEdit

Much of the criticism that Southern has faced surrounded major changes that were made to its timetables in December 2007 and December 2008.

In December 2007, Southern changed the arrangement for the splitting of services to and from London Victoria on the Arun Valley Line, opting to split trains at Horsham rather than Barnham. Some passengers criticised this change as it increased the journey time to and from London by up to 10 minutes from certain stations, whilst in the event of services running behind schedule, trains were sometimes not split at Horsham, and proceeded non-stop to Barnham, leaving commuters from the Arun Valley left at Horsham with the prospect of no onward trains.[52]

In December 2008 further timetable changes were made, including the introduction of the extended Gatwick Express services. However, reliability and timekeeping on some of the new services were considered poor, leading to several public meetings being held relating to the problem.[53][54][55] On 22 January 2009, Southern responded to some of these criticisms. During 2009 these services have recorded improved timekeeping and criticisms have since subsided.[56]

The new timetable also led to unhappiness due to the difference in speed and frequency of service between East Coastway services and those on the Brighton Main Line.[57][58]

December 2010 TimetableEdit

Further changes to the timetable were made in December 2010; the first timetable change to include many of the requirements of the new franchise. Additional services were included at evenings and weekends. In the London area a 'metro' frequency of service was introduced on most routes with the extension of the weekday daytime 4 trains per hour norm to late evenings (up to around midnight), Saturdays and Sundays. In addition new late night services were introduced from London on Friday and Saturday nights with last trains leaving central London at around 0030 (times varying by route).

Outside London, a new later evening service was introduced to Uckfield from London Bridge, new late night services from Brighton along the west coastway (2303 and 0003) and direct services between Southampton and Brighton on Sundays.

Southern's plans for enhanced services between Victoria and Brighton with a new 4 trains per hour frequency were rejected at the last minute by the Office of Rail Regulation and therefore were not introduced.

See alsoEdit

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