27 JULY 2015


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Article from BTNews 27 JULY 2015

Gatwick Express

It may still seem some way off but the first of the new Gatwick Express carriages is on test.  The full trains are due to enter service in 2016, replacing the 1980s-built 442 units which have been operating since 2008, and are part of a massive investment in new trains by Govia Thameslink Railway.

Called the Class 387/2, this first carriage is undergoing static testing by Bombardier Transportation at its manufacturing plant in Derby.
The 27 four-car trains have been specially designed for the airport route with easier boarding, better luggage space, two-by-two seating, power points at every seat, air-conditioning, wi-fi, the latest automated on-board service information and excellent facilities for people with disabilities.
Angie Doll, the new Passenger Service Director for Gatwick Express, said: “This is a key milestone in the journey to brand new trains for Gatwick Express.  The benefits our passengers will receive will also be felt by those travelling from Brighton, as in the off-peak some of these trains will be extended to this station.”  www.gatwickexpress.com

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