- This is an investment worth over £200 million, and GTR will run a financial competition to provide the capital funding for the order.
GTR Engineering Director Gerry McFadden said:
“Coupled with the seven-day-a-week service to Moorgate that we started this month [view press release here], these new trains will give our passengers a superior, modern comfortable journey with more capacity, improved reliability, air conditioning and passenger information systems that can be remotely updated to provide real-time information.
“This is just one of four new train fleets we’re bringing in, introducing almost 1,400 new train carriages to the network, and we’re delighted to be appointing Siemens as our preferred bidder.”
Dr Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Mobility Division, Siemens, said:
“Siemens is delighted to be appointed preferred bidder to replace the Class 313 Moorgate trains. We are looking forward to finalising the contract in the New Year.”
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Govia Thameslink Railway
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services as follows:
- Thameslink – Bedford to Brighton, Sutton, Wimbledon and Sevenoaks
- Great Northern – London to Welwyn, Hertford, Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn
- Southern – services between London and the Sussex coast (Brighton, Worthing, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Hastings) and parts of Surrey, Kent and Hampshire (Ashford International, Southampton, Portsmouth)
- Gatwick Express – Fast, non-stop direct services between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria
GTR is now the largest rail franchise in the UK in terms of passenger numbers, trains, revenue and staff: GTR carries about 273 million passenger journeys per year, employs around 6,500 people and generates annual passenger revenues of approximately £1.3bn.
Details of the franchise:
22% of all UK passengers
£1.3bn annual revenue
£237m passenger journeys
£50m investment to enhance all 239 stations
50% increase in capacity
1,398 new train carriages
10,000 additional morning peak seats into London
Free Wi-Fi at 104 stations
20,000 days of customer service training for frontline employees
£1m per year for local communities to spend on improvements at stations
The GTR investment programme for stations includes funding for more CCTV, toilet refurbishments, new retail facilities, help points and car park improvements – as well as plans for increased motorcycle storage and improved transport integration.
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