A 45 million GBP project had been initiated by the South Western Railway (SWR) where they planned to recondition 18 carriages namely ‘The Class 442 Trains’ at budget of £500,000 per carriage. These trains were revamped in Eastleigh and Bournemouth in Dorset, UK.
The project commenced with an idea of gaining more passengers to use the service. However, the project did not fall into place as planned.
These 442 trains were initially introduced on the tracks almost 30 years back in the 1980’s. The refurbishment project as of today seems to have gone down the hill owning to several reasons.
Reports allege, by May, only six out of 18 carriages had been ready, whereas the month of May was initially set to be relaunch date for all these carriages.
The delay had occurred due to the safety problem with outdoor locks.
After the delay, these carriages were finally launched in the month of June. These trains transported passengers within Southampton and London after a six months delay. Even at this point the motor increasing reliability of these carriages was yet to be fixed.
Because of the safety door issue, SWR had suspended 10 out of its 300 pre-planned services.
After the final launch on 10 June, 2019, SWR faced a technical issue that involved line-side signals. Officials feared that these carriages turned signals yellow or red which caused delays to passengers.
To rectify, SWR decided to cancel two of the services.
As a precautionary measure the two running services have also been withdrawn from carrying passenger, considering the safety of people.