Arterio Train

Arterio

Our new fleet to transform suburban travel

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Latest update: Wednesday 9 September

Introducing Arterio, our brand-new fleet of 90 trains set to transform travel on our Reading, Windsor and West London suburban routes.

We’re investing a massive £1 billion in a fleet of modern and reliable trains which offer more capacity and quicker journey times, improving reliability and punctuality for our customers.

We’re looking forward to our customers joining us on this exciting journey.

The Arterio fleet

Built by Bombardier in Derby, the 750 carriage Arterio fleet is constructed using strong, but lightweight materials such as aluminium for the body shell.

More technologically advanced than the older trains they’re replacing, these modern trains are designed and operated to improve performance for hundreds of thousands of customers using our suburban routes. Our 90 strong-fleet strong of trains can carry more people, accelerate and brake more quickly to reduce the journey times between destinations, whilst larger, driver operated doors can allow more customers to board and alight to reduce dwell station times.

These trains are more sustainable than the current fleet serving the suburban network as regenerative braking means up to 30 per cent less energy is used as electricity is sent back into the conductor rail during braking.

Our investment also improves the onboard experience, with modern features allowing customers to travel in more comfort and to stay connected during their journeys.

Arterio train benefits

The entire Arterio fleet offers free onboard Wi-Fi so customers can answer emails and search the web on the go, and access SWR|Stream, our complimentary onboard entertainment service, to watch the latest hit films and top TV box sets, read the latest news and so much more.

Live on-train customer information systems will deliver real-time travel information, allowing our customers to plan their onward journeys whilst still onboard.

Fully accessible bioreactor Controlled Emission Toilets (CET), including for those using wheelchairs, will be available across the entire fleet. These types of toilets are the first to be rolled out on an entire UK fleet and are used in Europe, including the Netherlands and Switzerland. CET toilets biologically and thermally treat waste to produce wastewater which is compliant with EU bathing water standards. Once the trains are introduced, there will be 1 toilet per every 5-car train and 2 per every 10-car train.

There will be several multi-use spaces available, where seating can be tipped up to accommodate prams or luggage, as well as overhead storage racks above the 2 by 2 seating. Dedicated wheelchair spaces are available on each new Arterio train, with 2 and 4 spaces in every five-car and ten-car train respectively.

There are dedicated cycle racks available across the fleet meaning customers can safely and conveniently store their bicycles. For every five-car train, 3 bike spaces will be made available for customers, and 6 spaces on every ten-car train.

Why the name Arterio?

Through Waterloo, the beating heart of our network, Arterio trains will carry our customers along the arteries of our suburban network to the capital - to work, to school, to restaurants, shops, bars and theatres – and home again.

Our Managing Director Mark Hopwood explains in more detail:

Take a closer look

Have a closer look at the latest images of both the exterior of the train and the inside of the carriages:

Train 701004 Arterio
Neil Drury with Arterio
Inside the new 701 trains - seating arrangement | South Western Railway

The Roll Out

Delivering this £1 billion project requires some major planning.

We’re replacing every train currently running on our suburban network, but not all at the same time. The Arterio fleet will be phased-in to eventually replace all our Class 455, 456, 458, and 707 trains.

Once the first train arrives on the Reading route, rolling out the entire fleet of 60 ten-car and 30 five-car trains is expected to take up to two years.



When can customers ride the first Arterio?

We are committed to ensuring our customers and the communities we serve can benefit from more capacity, better quality and more reliable services on our suburban routes as soon as possible.

We’ll update customers in due course when the first train will be arriving at your station. Below is the map of all the stations where the Arterios will stop once they are fully in service:

Class 701 trains - where will they run on the South Western Network and when

Latest news

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First Class 701 train arrives at Wimbledon Depot

Significant milestone met in the £1bn transformation of travel on our network

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SWR sees arrival of first Class 701 train

The first of South Western Railway’s near-£1bn new fleet of modern suburban trains has arrived on the network

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Flagship depot begins next major phase

Engineering works have entered the next major phase ahead of the Class 701 train rollout

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