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DfT and c2c agree on six Class 387s lease to cope with ‘unprecedented’ demand

A c2c deal with the Department for Transport to add six Class 387s to their fleet has been hailed as their “most significant increase in capacity” for a decade.

The four-car trains, being built by Bombardier in Derby, will be introduced to c2c’s railways between October and December and leased until 2019.

c2c said the trains would add 13,000 seats at peak time to address an “unprecedented” 8% growth in passengers.

Julian Drury, c2c’s managing director, who RTM interviewed last year, said: “Extra carriages are absolutely vital for c2c to meet the surge in demand from passengers who want to travel. This agreement is hugely important, as we will now get new carriages on c2c within six months when they normally take years to be delivered.

“Combined with the other changes we are making in both the short- and long-term, this is the most significant increase in capacity for c2c passengers for over a decade.

“Thank you to all our passengers for bearing with us while we have been working so hard on getting these new trains. We have heard loud and clear that a number of peak-time services are very busy, and now we will be able to address the issues that our passengers have raised.”

c2c said they had already added 1,400 more seats and standing room for 3,000 more passengers at peak times, and are currently seeking a contractor to provide 68 more carriages from 2019. The formal procurement process for the first tranche of these new trains began in early April and a manufacturer should be appointed in the summer.

c2c experienced a PPM decline from 98% to 93.8% in March, but is usually seen topping the performance charts of nationwide operators.

Rail minister Claire Perry said she had asked c2c to speed up obtaining extra capacity, adding: “These extra carriages will make a huge difference, allowing passengers to benefit from longer trains, more seats and better journeys along the busy c2c routes.”


Andrew Gwilt   14/04/2016 at 20:24

As c2c are hiring 6 Class 387/1's to be used on Fenchurch Street-Southend Central, Shoeburyness, Pitsea, Basildon, Leigh-on-Sea and Stanford-le-Hope on semi-fast services via Upminster/Grays and via Laindon/Basildon with 17 Class 357's with metro seats are currently been used between Fenchurch Street-Grays via Rainham and the other Class 357's used on stopping services with the 6 387/1's to be used on semi-fast/direct services to cope with passengers during rush peak hour and new trains for c2c will be built in 2020 whilst the 29 Class 387/1's and 8 Class 387/3's will be used on Great Western Railway once electrification is completed through Reading and across the Great Western Main Line as well 27 Class 387/2's that are being built for Gatwick Express to replace the 24 5-car Class 442's and 20 Class 387/3's that are to be built but undecided could be used on c2c once being built.

David   14/04/2016 at 21:29

Andrew, c2c are hiring 6 of the 20 Class "387/3s" on a short-term basis until 2019. Nothing to do with the units going to Great Western or which are being rolled out on Gatwick Express.

Andrew Gwilt   15/04/2016 at 02:44

So Thameslink will keep the 29 Class 387/1's whilst c2c are hiring 6 Class 387/3's for 3 years once all 27 Class 387/2's are built and half of the Class 387/2's are in service with Gatwick Express with Class 442's are to be moved and to be stored where they could be used elsewhere.

Mack   15/04/2016 at 05:36

Actually your both in error. GWR is having 8 new build 387/1 (130-137). The 20x 387/3 are Porterbrook's (with another 20 on option) and have nothing to do with GWR.

Noam Bleicher   15/04/2016 at 15:41

Andrew, you clearly know what you're talking about but your posts are illegible. Please use sentences or bullet-points to break your posts up into logical pieces. It's a bit galling that C2C can get given extra units, when many long distance services on Cross Country have seen 'unprecedented demand' for many years, with no extra stock to meet it. Southend commuters are only on these trains for 45 minutes, but on XC you can stand all the way from Reading to Birmingham.

David   16/04/2016 at 01:46

Mack, so exactly as I said then.

Andrew Gwilt   16/04/2016 at 09:49

@Noam Bleicher. And I didn't use punctuations as I commented. I can type in anything as I want ok Noam. Don't judge me ok.

Andrew Gwilt   16/04/2016 at 09:51

So in face Thameslink will still keep the Class 387/1's for the mean time as c2c are hiring the Class 387/6's for 3 years to be used on Fenchurch St-Shoeburyness and Southend Central semi-fast services.

Andrew Gwilt   16/04/2016 at 09:52

Class 387/3's I meant!

Andrew Gwilt   16/04/2016 at 09:55

I don't need to be told on what I commented ok Noam. Yes I am annoying but in fact I won't back down. So you either shut up or ignore me then ok Noam Bleicher. End of discussion.

David   16/04/2016 at 11:43

The Class 387/1s are still due to cascade to GWR but they are currently having modifications made to them, so the initial transfer has been delayed by a few months.

Andrew Gwilt   18/04/2016 at 09:53

Guess that Thameslink will keep them for a while until the electrification on the GWML between West Drayton-Reading-Didcot-Oxford/Swindon-Bristol-Wales/Exeter and Reading-Newbury/Basingstoke is completed which is still some years to see new overhead wires installed so that Class 387/1's and Class 387/3's will be using between London Paddington & Reading and as far as Oxford once the whole electrification is completed.

Nathan Marcus   19/04/2016 at 07:31

It's good to know the new carriages augment the existing extra capacity supplied by c2c's timetable changes in December and January, which increased the number of seats at peak times by 1,400 and provided room for more than 3,000 passengers.

Katy Treverton   23/05/2016 at 20:12

My question is, how are National Express getting these new carriages at no cost to NatEx Group? Doesn't add up somewhere....

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