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First 10 carriage train runs on the Uckfield Line

Press release   •   Jul 25, 2016 05:53 BST

The 07.05 prepares to depart Uckfield

Passengers on the 07.05 Uckfield to London Bridge service enjoyed the comfort of 10 carriages for the first time this morning.

The introduction of the longer train follows the completion of Network rail’s platform extension programme where 12 platforms from Edenbridge Town to Uckfield were extended to accommodate 10-car trains.

Southern is close to completing the refurbishment of 12 extra diesel carriages for use on the line. Once they are all in place, a 50% increase in capacity during the morning peak will result, giving passengers a much more comfortable journey to work.

Southern plans to introduce the remainder of the refurbished carriages over the next few weeks.

Southern’s Passenger Services Director, Alex Foulds said: “We’re delighted for our passengers that the first 10-car train has entered passenger service. This is the start of a transformation for commuters on the Uckfield Line and once the remainder of the extra carriages are in place, there will be a huge 50% increase in capacity during the morning peak.”

The 07.05 arrives at London Bridge