Extra carriages for rail route

Breakdown workers preparing to haul out of the sea one of the cars involved in an accident on the Havant by-pass

THIS WEEK IN 1970: Havant by-pass cars plunge into the sea

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A RAIL company has pledged to not be a Scrooge this Christmas and give its customers what they want next year.

South West Trains operates one of the busiest rail routes in Europe between Portsmouth and London Waterloo, and has announced 60 extra carriages are to be added to the service.

They will be paid for with government funding and will allow an extra 8,000 peak-time passengers into Waterloo.

Platform 20 at the former Waterloo International Terminal will reopen in 2014.

Commuter Gerard Blair, 38, from North End, said: ‘Anything that makes the trains less crowded is definitely positive and will help.’