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Govia Thameslink Railway re-brands trains to support NHS
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Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has unveiled three re-branded trains paying homage to NHS staff across the UK fighting Coronavirus - one each for its Thameslink, Great Northern and Southern services.
The re-branded NHS and Key Worker trains echo GTR's ‘We’re with You’ promise and illustrate the operator’s heartfelt support and gratitude to NHS staff and the 200,000 key workers who rely on GTR’s rail routes each week.
The Thameslink train, which is now running across the extensive Thameslink network, taking in locations such as Cambridge, Peterborough, Bedford and Brighton, stopped at London Bridge on Thursday last week for rail staff to applaud representatives from nearby Guy's Hospital as part of the nation's Clap for Our Carers' (see video below).
The Thameslink Class 700 train is unit number 700111 – selected to show thanks for the tireless efforts of the NHS’s 111 advice line, with the Southern Railway unit number 377111 also celebrating the NHS service. The Great Northern train is unit 717011 (as there are only 25 in the fleet!).
Steve White, Chief Operating Officer at Govia Thameslink Railway said: “We are proud to be supporting the NHS, social care and emergency services during this crisis. We hope that our NHS and Key Worker trains show how grateful we are to those working so very hard to keep people safe and beat this virus.
"There are more than 50 hospitals across our network and we are carrying more than 200,000 key workers each week. The team at GTR appreciates each and every one of them. I am also really proud of our teams, key staff themselves, who have worked so hard to support this project.”
The initiative was part-funded by Porterbrook Rail and Cross London Trains, with the new train liveries designed, created and installed in less than a week by the team from Aura Brand Solutions in close collaboration with the team at GTR.
Head of Engineering and Asset Management at GTR Dave Hickson said: "This has been a fabulous project that the teams have really embraced. Everyone wants to do their bit to show their appreciation for the NHS and carers."
Tim Locke, Rail Director at Aura Brand Solutions, added: “It’s been a pleasure to work on this project with Govia Thameslink to help highlight and support the incredible work the NHS is doing during these unprecedented times. At Aura Brand Solutions, we have remained operational, albeit with a reduced workforce. It’s enabled us to continue to support our customers providing essential services with items such as social distancing floor graphics, safety-critical labelling and livery for the core transport infrastructure and the emergency services across the UK. We wrapped the trains using the latest sustainable non-PVC branding technology from 3M.”
Mary Grant, Porterbrook CEO said: “Porterbrook is proud to work with GTR and industry partners to show our support for NHS staff, as well as front-line railway colleagues who do so much to help safely move key-workers at this critical time.”
Andy Pitt, CEO Cross London Trains added: “Cross London Trains is delighted to be able to support GTR and show our gratitude for all NHS staff and other key workers who are playing such a vital role during this very challenging time.”
Notes to Editors:
The NHS and Key Workers trains include:
Thameslink Class 700 – unit 700111
Southern Railway Class 377 – unit 377111
Great Northern Class 717 – unit 717011
Since the Coronavirus outbreak, GTR has worked with hospitals, NHS suppliers, passengers and other stakeholders to make sure the current timetable matches the needs of key workers. Their input was included in the planning of the reduced timetable, responding with adjustments to help passengers get to and from work with the space to maintain social distancing.
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Govia Thameslink Railway
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services as follows:
- Thameslink – cross-London services between Bedford/Peterborough/Cambridge and Brighton/Horsham/Littlehampton/East Grinstead, and between Luton/St Albans and Sutton/Wimbledon/Rainham; plus services between London and Sevenoaks
- Great Northern – services between London and 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