Southern Trains (Southern Railway Ltd, or just Southern) are a British railway operator, providing a variety of train services in the south of the country. The company manages 158 stations, with its two main stations being London Victoria and London Bridge.
The company utilises a fleet of around 300 trains, for services seven days a week. Each day, the company serves around 500,000 passenger journeys.
Besides its own services, Southern also runs the Gatwick Express service, which runs along the Brighton mainline into London Victoria.
Southern offer both First Class and Standard Class on most of their routes. First Class accommodation offers passengers power points for working on the move, and a more relaxed atmosphere in which to travel. When a train has catering facilities available, First Class passengers are entitled to a complimentary tea, coffee or mineral water. Generally speaking, the First Class compartments are not too dissimilar to Standard Class, but on crowded commuter routes, it can make a big difference, as Standard Class passengers are not permitted to travel in First Class sections of the train.
Luggage & Facilities
Passengers are permitted to carry as much luggage as they like onboard. As the operator's trains differ in terms of layout and arrangement, luggage facilities vary. Generally, longer routes have luggage racks close to the train's doors.
Southern accepts folded bicycles on any of its services. Unfolded bicycles may not be carried onboard services towards London or Brighton that are due to arrive between 07.00 and 10.00, or away from London or Brighton betwen 16.00 and 19.00. Outside of those times, unfolded bicycles are accepted on all services without reservation.
Southern trains have designated areas for wheelchair users. Station staff are on hand to provide assistance in getting between the platform and the train, using specially designed ramps. Southern trains have designated Priority Seats for those more in need of a seat. While these seats can be used by anyone, priority should be given to those in need.
Travelling with Pets
Pets are permitted on Southern services, although passengerss should ensure that they do not sit on the train's seats.