The Anonymous Widower

Cardiff To Southampton By Electric Train

When I was waiting on Bath Spa station to return to London, a Class 158 train from Cardiff stopped at the station, on its way to Brighton via Southampton.

The train travels the full length of the Wessex Main Line from Bristol Temple Meads to Southampton, using the soon-to-be-electrified South Wales Main Line and the electrified West Coastway Line to complete the full route.

I wondered how much of the route will be electrified, once Cardiff to Bristol is hopefully electrified in the next few years. The current date for wires to Cardiff is December 2018.

I would estimate the length of the non-electrified section between Southampton and Bath is about sixty to sixty-five miles.

So it would appear that, the line could be within range for a Class 387 train or a new Aventra, with an IPEMU capability.

Obviously, Great Western Railway could also run a five-car Class 800 train on the route, using the on-board diesels to bridge the gap.

One way or other by 2020, Cardiff to Southampton will be run by electric trains, with a much increased capacity.


April 28, 2016 - Posted by | Transport | , , , , ,

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