Arterio is to be the new name for the new £1 billion train fleet that South Western Railway (SWR) is buying from Bombardier Transportation.
Unveiled by SWR’s managing director Mark Hopwood during a special event at Wimbledon depot, the name reflects the suburban network’s importance to the nation’s capital. London Waterloo, the UK’s busiest station, is at the heart of the South Western network and SWR’s suburban routes are the arteries which feed it – hence Arterio.
The 90-strong fleet, which will replace some of the network’s oldest trains, will offer improved reliability and better performance, delivering more passengers to their destinations on time and in comfort.
Arterio trains will feature two-by-two seating, onboard Wi-Fi, at-seat charging points, screens showing real-time service information, air-conditioning, walk-through carriages, dedicated wheelchair spaces and fully accessible toilets.
The first Arterio train is expected to be introduced later this year on the Reading line, with a total of 750 new carriages to be introduced over the following two years.
Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “This is an important milestone for South Western Railway. This new fleet which will offer improved reliability and better facilities, getting passengers across the South West to their destination in comfort and on time.
“As services begin to return to normal levels and passenger numbers increase, it is our upmost priority to ensure everyone stays safe when travelling, which is why we continue to advise people to wear a face covering, travel at quieter times, wash their hands regularly and maintain social distancing.”
South Western Railway managing director Mark Hopwood added: “The name Arterio reflects how important this fleet will be in carrying people in and out of the heart of the capital.
“Although passenger numbers may be low at the moment, people will want to travel again whether that is for work or leisure and we will be ready to play our part in helping that recovery. New trains that offer a transformed travelling experience will be key to that.
“The Arterio fleet is a massive investment for our business, and we are looking forward to our passengers joining us on this exciting journey.”