Latest Rail News

24.07.15

First Gatwick Express Class 387-2 car undergoing testing

The first carriage of one of the 27 new Gatwick Express trains is undergoing static testing at Bombardier’s Derby plant.

The Class 387/2 Electrostar EMU cars were bought by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) in November last year as part of a £145.2m order for 108 new customised train carriages.

They will replace the five-car fleet of 1980s Class 442 EMUs that have been operating in the route since 2008, but have never been considered ideal stock to run an airport rail link.

The 27 four-car EMUs are due to enter service between London Victoria station and Gatwick airport in 2016.

They are based on the Class 387/1 trains ordered for use on Thameslink services between Bedford and Brighton, but have been specially designed to better serve passengers going to and from the airport. Carriages will include additional luggage space, ‘easier boarding’, two-by-two seating, power points at every seat, wi-fi and facilities for people with disabilities.

Passengers travelling from Brighton will also benefit from the upgrade during off-peak times, during which some of the trains will be extended there while still operating between Victoria and Gatwick.

Angie Doll, the new passenger service director for Gatwick Express, called the news a “key milestone in the journey to brand new trains” for the airport.

Bombardier’s project director, Alan Fravolini, said: “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.”

Comments

Andrew Gwilt   24/07/2015 at 14:46

Bombardier to build 27x 4-car Class 387/2's for Gatwick Express with the 24x 5-car Class 442's and Gatwick Express along with Southern to merge with Great Northern and Thameslink tomorrow to be named as Thameslink Southern and Great Northern (TSGN).

Simonj   27/07/2015 at 10:16

With cascade of rolling stock being flavour of the present perhaps the 442's can be returned to the SWD - oops sorry South West Trains - to replace the rather nasty 444's on the Bournemouth Line then the 444's could go to the Pompey Direct thus pleasing Haselmere and Liphook commuters and cascading 450's to other routes to strengthen 8 car to 12 car services. That will be a no then as SWT is so wedded to Desiro's.

Add your comment

 

related

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... more >
TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

12/06/2019TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

TfL has awarded a contract for 43 new trains to replace the oldest rolling stock on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with the first scheduled t... more >
Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >
Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >
TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. ... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey&rsqu... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >