Extra services for Portsmouth, Southampton and Island Line trains announced

The new timetable from May 2019 for South Western Railway’s Portsmouth and Southampton main lines feature extra services. Island Line also benefits too for Sunday travellers. Details within.

Secretary of State Chris Grayling and SW Trains MD Andy Mellors during the South Western Railway Stakeholder launch at Waterloo Station.

South Western Railway share this annonucement. Ed

Customers based on South Western Railway’s Portsmouth and Southampton main lines will benefit from extra services and journey opportunities when the next train timetable is introduced, from 19 May.

Andy Mellors, Managing Director of South Western Railway, welcomed the good news:

“There will be substantial changes to our next timetable starting in May, which will bring over 300 additional train services a week for our customers across the network.

“Many of these service enhancements are based on extensive consultations and feedback sessions that were undertaken previously with local stakeholders, businesses, community groups and customers.

“We are very pleased that these enhancements will come to fruition shortly and we will continue to work on refurbishing our existing fleet and introducing brand new state-of-the-art trains in to service by the end of the year.”

Island Line
The Island Line summer Sunday service of two trains per hour will continue throughout the winter.

Full details of all timetable changes for May 2019 are available online at South Western Railway or National Rail Network.

Portsmouth main line highlights
Some of the highlights for the Portsmouth main line are:

  • Additional peak hour services on the Portsmouth direct line
  • Additional services between Waterloo and Hedge End, Botley, Fareham
  • Additional late evening weekday services to / from Waterloo and Haslemere / Portsmouth
  • Additional Sunday afternoon fast Waterloo – Portsmouth and Southsea services in both directions (routed via Cobham)
  • Doubling of the frequency of services at Godalming
  • New Farnham to Guildford service

Southampton main line highlights
Some of the highlights for the Southampton main line are:

  • Additional services from Southampton / Bournemouth / Poole area stations to / from Waterloo
  • Additional peak hour services on the Southampton mainline
  • Some faster Waterloo / Weymouth services
  • Additional services between Waterloo and Hedge End, Botley and Fareham
  • Additional fast Sunday evening service from Poole and Waterloo calling at Bournemouth and Southampton Central only – reducing overcrowding on Weymouth services
  • New Basingstoke to Reading, Andover and Salisbury services on Sundays
  • Additional fast Monday – Saturday evening services between Basingstoke, Woking and Waterloo with additional peak hour services
  • Additional Clapham Junction calls on West of England services to / from Basingstoke and Woking outside peak periods

Image: © Simon Galloway

Friday, 8th March, 2019 12:01am


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Let’s hope they have employed enough drivers for 300 additional train services per week. Or will they just be cutting services elsewhere?

Our local train service is a valuable resource; journey times between towns are cut by two thirds or more, compared to using buses or cars, which often get stuck in the gridlocked traffic IOW gets during every holiday season. One issue: the trains can be quite alarming to travel in sometimes; they always were a rocky ride but now, the carriages also sway severely on some stretches… Read more »

Extra mainland services are not always a good thing. More trains = worse performance in punctuality terms on an already crowded network. Not my words but Andrew Haines, CEO Network Rail a week ago at Waterloo when I met him.


What’s the use of Island Lines running 1/2 hour service during winter if Wightlink don’t? Answers on a passing catamaran please.

Stuart George

Not everybody who uses Island Line catches the cat.


Many do


The as proposed is for Two trains per hour, not a half hour service, but as at the current timetable.


My wife and I often use the non-ferry train and have a snack at Ryde Pierhead before the next ferry.