Rail passengers in London and Thames Valley will start to benefit from a brand new fleet of trains as early as September, as part of Great Western Railway’s commitment to delivering more capacity and faster, more frequent services for customers
GWR has finalised a multi-million pound deal with train manufacturer
Bombardier and leasing company Porterbrook for 37 Class 387
four-carriage trains, joining eight already ordered by GWR, and will
replace most of its current fleet of Turbo trains.
The trains will deliver consistent, high quality travel for customers
across the Thames Valley, offering at-seat power sockets, air
conditioning, extra luggage space and free wifi for customers.
They can be run in four-, eight- and 12-carriage formations, with the
latter providing 97 more seats per train than the longest Turbo today.
The move is part of the biggest fleet upgrade in a generation on the
Great Western network, helping to drive improved journey times,
increased capacity and greater comfort.
The first of the Class 387 – or GWR Electrostar – trains will be
introduced on the new Hayes & Harlington – London Paddington service
on September 5, and provide an additional 1,400 additional seats at the
busiest times every day for commuters.
Great Western Railway managing director, Mark Hopwood said:
“The Thames Valley is one of the most popular rail corridors in the
UK. We’d already promised the current fleet would be upgraded to provide
much needed additional capacity and faster journey times, but this deal
goes even further offering the comfort of what will be most up-to-date
commuter fleet on the UK rail network.”
Rail Minister Claire Perry said:
“These new trains will deliver better journeys to passengers who will
benefit from the extra space and comfort on some of the busiest routes
in the country.
“Projects like this show how our record investment in the railways is
making a real difference to commuters and leisure travellers, as well as
stimulating economic growth across the Thames Valley and beyond.”
Bombardier Transportation UK’s Managing Director, Richard Hunter said:
“Bombardier is proud to support the Department for Transport and GWR
in providing the increase in capacity required for passenger growth by
delivering further units of its leading class Electrostar product.”
Porterbrook’s Commercial Director, Olivier André said:
“Porterbrook would like to thank GWR for their confidence in its
ability to deliver once again the introduction of a new fleet in
partnership with Bombardier Transportation.
“With this investment, Porterbrook demonstrates its support to the
aspirations of the rail industry and the Department for Transport to
alleviate the capacity pinch points in the network and provide Britain
with a sustainable, world-class transport system.”