New trains set to benefit London and Cambridge commuters

COMMUTERS to London are set to be the first to benefit from 30 brand new trains from Derby based company Bombardier Transportation.

All of National Express East Anglia’s (NXEA) new Class 379 trains are now in service ahead of schedule, following the delivery of the last two of the trains from Bombardier Transportation.

The 30 four-carriage Class 379s are being used on Stansted Express services between London and Stansted Airport and some London to Cambridge services. The new trains are among the first vehicles to be delivered from the additional 2,100 extra carriages the Government is introducing to the UK’s rail network by 2019.

They have a top speed of 100mph and each four-carriage train has 20 first class and 189 standard class seats. Features include an integral internal CCTV system for passenger safety, larger luggage racks, a wi-fi network and state-of-the-art train management system and regenerative braking.

NXEA managing director Andrew Chivers said: “I am delighted these new trains have now all been introduced on our Stansted Express and Cambridge to Liverpool Street services.

“They will enable the provision of thousands of extra seats and improved travel comfort for our customers. This has been achieved through a positive partnership-led approach with the Department for Transport, which has not only delivered the new trains but also further infrastructure enhancements across our East Anglia network, such as additional car parks and new carriage washers.”

The enhancements delivered by the partnership represent an investment in the railway in the East of England of �185m.