Rail passengers from Bedford and Flitwick can see a model and video of the new Thameslink train and speak to the First Capital Connect project team at Bedford station on Tuesday, February 11, from 3.30pm-8pm.
The new trains will start in passenger service in 2016 and are expected to add a third more services to London (from 18 to 24) in the morning peak with 50% more carriages and 30% more seats.
First Capital Connect Managing Director David Statham said: “Our services are some of the most crowded in Britain and this new fleet will give us more trains, more carriages and more capacity which our passengers desperately need.
“We want our passengers to see what they will be travelling in and hear how the Thameslink Programme is going to transform their journeys.”
A total of 115 state-of-the-art high capacity trains are being built as part of the Government-sponsored £6.5bn Thameslink Programme.
They will run on the current Thameslink route (Bedford – Brighton and Wimbledon loop) and new routes that will become part of a wider Thameslink network in 2018. These include the Great Northern (East Coast Main Line) routes to Cambridge and Peterborough, the route to Sevenoaks via Elephant & Castle and other destinations off the Brighton main line, significantly increasing capacity.
The first new trains will enter passenger service in early 2016 with the remaining fleet following at an increasing rate until there is one new train on the network every week.
From 2018 the trains will operate at high frequencies across central London with one arriving every 2-3 minutes between St Pancras and Blackfriars.
2018 will also see the completion of the new London Bridge station, providing capacity for more cross-London services, including the extension of Great Northern services southward from King’s Cross.
A full-sized mock-up of the new train was launched to the public in London last week.
A 2m-long model of the train is now being taken around stations on the First Capital Connect network.
For more information visit ThameslinkProgramme.co.uk #discovernewtrains