Refurbished class 422 introduction delayed
The BBC have reported that the introduction of the refurbished class 442’s by South Western Railway (SWR) has been delayed over safety concerns.
Three Class 442 units were due to be brought back back into service next week.
But SWR said an issue had emerged with a safety feature on the train doors.
Planned new services between Southampton Airport and Poole and Waterloo have been postponed.
SWR Managing director Andy Mellors said the problem was a “setback” but safety was “our number one priority”.
He said: “Until this issue is rectified we cannot put the trains into service and risk passenger injury.
“It does not alter the fact that the new timetable will see the introduction of around 300 additional services every week, providing new journey opportunities for customers across our network.”
He said the company would suspend up to 10 of its planned 300 new services as a result.