Brighton Thameslink passengers to have new trains from next month

Posted On 18 Nov 2014 at 9:41 am

Some travellers taking the Thameslink service from Brighton to London – and back – will be making the journey in new trains from next month.

Govia Thameslink Railway, which took over the service in September, is testing its new fleet of Electrostar class 387/1s in December.

They will replace the existing rolling stock from the new year, the company said.

It added: “The fleet of 116 air-conditioned carriages, which will transform Bedford to Brighton services for Thameslink passengers, will be trialled in passenger service throughout December and from the new year will begin to replace the 27-year-old class 319 trains.”

Inside one of the Thameslink trains

Inside one of the Thameslink trains

Govia Thameslink Railway also announced that it had signed a £145 million deal for 108 custom-built carriages for the Gatwick Express route.

The class 387/2 trains will also serve Brighton at certain times of the day from 2016, replacing the 1980s-built 442s which came into service in 2008.

The company said: “The 27 four-car class 387/2s trains will be specially designed for the rail-air route, with easier boarding, better luggage space, two by two seating and wifi.”

Govia Thameslink Railway chief executive Charles Horton, who is also the managing director of Southern, said: “This is great news for our Gatwick passengers but also for those travelling from Brighton, as in the off-peak some of these trains will be extended to there, while still maintaining the fast connection between Victoria and Gatwick.”

“We took over the operation of the Thameslink route in September and already we are introducing new trains which will transform our passengers’ journeys on services between Bedford and Brighton.”

Southern ordered the fleet last year, the company said, to help facilitate the Department for Transport’s electrification programme until the Siemens-built class 700 Thameslink trains enter service.

They will secure an increase in capacity for rail passengers by allowing the early release of other electric carriages to newly electrified routes.

Together the fleets represent a £317 million investment in railway rolling stock.

  1. Howard Spencer Reply

    They will also be jacking up the fares for Thameslink trains so that eventually (despite this being a slower route) there will be no price difference with Southern (also owned by Govia).

    This is the inevitable consequence of the elimination of competition on the route, and the creation of a private monopoly. Govia’s shareholders must be delighted – and the travelling public are expected to stump up.

    Govia is also the company that brought us toilet-free trains on the coastal route, so you’ll have to excuse me if I don’t throw my hat in the air over the news of these new trains.

  2. Amanda Ettridge Reply

    I’d rather they invested more in running the trains on time. I commute every day, and today is the first day I’ve caught a train that actually ran on time. I thought they’d changed their name to “Delayed Thameslink”, as all I hear is “This is the delayed Thameslink train to….”

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