GWR finalises agreement for 37 Thames Valley EMUs
8 June 2016 • Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review
Great Western Railway (GWR) has finalised an agreement with train manufacturer Bombardier and leasing company Porterbrook for 37 Class 387 trains for operation in the Thames Valley.
Rail passengers will soon benefit from a new fleet of trains in London and the Thames Valley, as part of Great Western Railway’s commitment to deliver greater capacity and faster, more frequent services for customers.
In a multi-million pound agreement with Bombardier and Porterbrook, the GWR will receive 37 Class 387 (Electrostar) four-carriage trains, joining eight already ordered by the operator. The new fleet will replace the majority of existing Turbo trains.
“This deal goes even further offering the comfort of what will be most up-to-date commuter fleet on the UK rail network”
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.”
GWR Electrostar Thames Valley fleet to offer at-seat power sockets, air conditioning & wifi
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 Class 387 fleet will provide passengers with at-seat power sockets, air conditioning, extra luggage space and free wifi.
Provide an additional 1,400 seats at the busiest times
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 seats at the busiest times every day for commuters.
Commenting on the introduction, 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 added: “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.”