South Western Railway Desiro (UK)

Thanks to their exceptionally large windows, these ‘Desiro’ trains provide a bright and comparatively comfortable environment for a train journey.
They may look similar to the metro-style trains which convey commuters in and out of London, but internally they are more spacious - in standard class the seating is arranged 2+2 across the aisle, instead of 2+3 as it is on the metro trains.

These specific class 444 Desiro trains also have other features typical of trains used for longer-distance routes in the UK, such as carpets on the floors throughout the train and more substantial seats than those provided on the Metro-style routes.

Though in common with all trains which travel between London and the south of England, they have been configured so that they can accommodate as many travellers as possible, while still being comfortable – hence the luggage space isn’t particularly generous.

These Desiro trains are also being refreshed both internally and externally by their relatively new operator South-Western Railway.
The improved trains have a blue and grey livery, while the other trains have a mainly white exterior, though it isn’t possible to know which specific train will be used on each departure.

The refurbished trains have power-sockets at every seat.
On the yet to be modernised trains, sockets are only available in First Class and at the Standard Class seats, which share a coach with the First Class seating area – in Standard Class in this coach, the sockets are located under the seat.

The First Class area on the refurbished trains has been made smaller, allowing more Standard Class seats to be added, but the seats in First Class are now in a 2+2 rather than a 2+1 formation.
However, they now have a leather trim and all seats in First Class on the refurbished trains have a table with a wireless charging facility.

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Weekend First:

At weekends passengers with Standard Class tickets can take up any spare seats in First Class and pay the conductor for an upgrade when the tickets are inspected.
This additional charge varies from £5-15 depending on the length of the journey:
London <> Southampton, Bournemouth and Poole = £10
London <> Dorchester and Weymouth = £15.

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Catering:

A trolley service with sandwiches, snacks and hot/cold drinks should be taken through the train on each departure providing an at-seat service for First and Standard Class travellers.
Passengers travelling into and from London before 10:00 will be offered a complimentary hot drink and biscuit.

The yet to be modernised trains have a buffet/bar and this may be open on early evening departures from London, so if it is available, you won’t have to wait for the catering staff to come to you.

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Bikes:

These trains have a bike storage area by one of the sets of doors, towards the middle of the train.

When boarding these trains at stations at Basingstoke and other station more distant from London, bikes can be theoretically be taken on board any departure – though spaces are not absolutely guaranteed and bike spaces cannot be reserved.
At stations closer to London than Basingstoke, bikes cannot be taken on trains due to arrive in London between 07:15 and 10:00.

Bikes cannot be taken on any departure by these yains at Waterloo station on departures leaving London between 16:45 and 19:00.

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