First carriage of new Gatwick Express train undergoes testing
24 July 2015 • Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review
Bombardier Transportation is currently carrying out tests on the first carriage of the new Gatwick Express Class 387/2 train.
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) announced in November that it had signed a £145.2 million order for 108 new custom-built train carriages. The new Gatwick Express trains are due to enter service in 2016, replacing the 1980s-built 442 trains which have been operating on the Gatwick Express service since 2008
The 27 four-car Class 387/2s trains have been specially designed for the airport providing easier boarding with greater luggage space, two-by-two seating, power points at every seat, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, automated on-board customer service information and improved facilities for people with disabilities.
The First Gatwick Express carriage is currently undergoing static testing at Bombardier Transportation’s manufacturing plant in Derby, UK.
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.”
Alan Fravolini, Bombardier’s Project Director added: “These new trains for Gatwick Express demonstrate how our ELECTROSTAR product has the flexibility to meet wide-ranging requirements from train operators, including airport services. We’re delighted to be supplying these new trains, in support of GTR’s investment programme.”