3 OCTOBER 2016


© 2022 Business Travel News Ltd.

Article from BTNews 3 OCTOBER 2016

Gatwick rail improvements

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has finished updating its entire Gatwick Express fleet with modern Class 387/2s units, giving passengers a superior passenger experience on the premium non-stop airport service to and from London Victoria and its extensions to Brighton.

Simultaneously, GTR has revealed that the Class 387/1 variant from Bombardier, which has been running on Thameslink to Luton, will next month begin operation on Great Northern to and from King’s Cross, giving this route its first air-conditioned service.

GTR engineering director Gerry McFadden said: “These trains mark a real step-change in comfort and travelling experience for our passengers.

“On Gatwick Express, they replace 30-year-old rolling stock that wasn’t really suited to the airport market. The 387s have two double doors per carriage, so passengers can get on and off quicker and more easily, more luggage space and they accelerate faster.

“On Great Northern, the 387/1s, which have already proved themselves on Thameslink for the past year, will replace our Class 317 and 321s that are 28 and 35 years old respectively. Passengers won’t fail to be impressed both by their interiors and their reliability.”

Two-by-two seating with tables, wi-fi and power points is provided. There are proper spaces for people in wheelchairs, fully-accessible toilets and other features for passengers with disabilities.


Index/Home page

OUR READERS' FINEST WORDS (All times and dates are GMT)

All comments are filtered to exclude any excesses but the Editor does not have to agree with what is being said. 100 words maximum