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Class 442 trains, otherwise known as 5-WES have been serving the Weymouth Waterloo line since the late 1980ies, when they were built. For the people they carry, they provide a comfortable environment for distance travelling.

South West Trains is currently in the process of withdrawing these trains. The withdrawal process will be complete by February 2007. Class 444 trains will be taking their place. While the Class 444s are reasonable, modern trains, they do not have the same levels of comfort or ride quality as the Class 442s.

We would like to see some, if not all the Class 442s retained by South West Trains and kept on the Weymouth Waterloo line where the remaining few are currently deployed.

SWT Please listen to your customers and KEEP THE 442s on SWT METALS!

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Latest Signatures

  • 23 December 2015200. Alan B
    regular vistor to Dorset - I'll be going by car in future
  • 18 December 2015199. James P
    I support this petition
  • 31 October 2015198. Alan H
    they were one of the best units on the south west traons fleet
  • 26 October 2015197. Richard M
    I support this petition
  • 21 October 2015196. Terry M
    What is it about these railway companies. Image is NOT everything. You got rid of perfectly good , comfortable , reliable slamdoors and now turn your attentions to the 442's. What do you replace them with ?. Dire, awful, uncomfortable desiro trains AND yo
  • 17 August 2015195. Geoff S
    Daily commuter, Bournemouth to Waterloo - now not very comfy. New trains have noisy air-con, very loud squeaking and roll badly at speed
  • 05 August 2015194. Matt S
    I agree, they are the most comfortable trains I have ever been on. more so than the Desieros.
  • 29 July 2015193. Mathewe B
    I support this petition
  • 20 July 2015192. Kevin G
    Exceptionally comfortable units that provide the best travelling environment of any trains on the Southern Region. Oh and the most reliable third rail units too.
  • 18 July 2015191. Mark G
    Keep the 442's for god's sake, they are just simply superiour to the 444's in every way except the leasing costs, which you may loose anyway in lost revenue
  • 13 June 2015190. Graham S
    I support this petition
  • 09 May 2015189. Nigel G
    I support this petition
  • 09 May 2015188. Kevin M
    at 5000 a year the new trains are not comfortable enough.
  • 03 May 2015187. Graham H
    why crap on the portsmouth line customers by taking our new trains, the 442 fleet are well liked and the slam door stock on the pompey line were 40 yrs old when withdrawn n the 442 isnt even 20 so why withdraw them it shows total disregard to the portsmou
  • 11 April 2015186. Patrick T
    I support this petition
  • 02 April 2015185. David W
    I support this petition
  • 02 March 2015184. Wegodfrey Whitehead
    I support this petition
  • 15 February 2015183. Bam Gomez
  • 12 February 2015182. Liam Boyle
    Excellent, spacious and comfortable trains. It seems such a waste to replace them with less comfortable desiro trains because of the 'good image.' The situation is not any better in Portsmouth with the 450s. Why not use these to strengthen original trains
  • 17 January 2015181. Brian W
    The 444, and especially the 450 rolling stock is an insult to long distance season ticket holders.
  • 10 January 2015180. Nicholas B
    Do not scrap these wonderful trains. They knock the socks of a 450!
  • 09 January 2015179. As C
    Profit must never come before customer comfort & service
  • 06 January 2015178. Harry A
    One of the only EMUs left with buffers!
  • 04 January 2015177. Ifor T
    These are the most best, comfortable EMUs in Britain - we need them back!
  • 25 December 2014176. Stephen S
    442s (and the similar HSTs) are by far the best trains that have run on south west metals. Hope you sort the lease conditions ready for their return.
  • 29 November 2014175. Michael P
    I support this petition
  • 24 November 2014174. Nicholas W
    my lordz!

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