London MIdland adds more seats to services after £62m government investmentOct 03, 2014
The fleet of new electric trains, which will bring thousands of extra seats, are being provided by London Midland, Siemens and Angel Trains, following £62 million of investment from the Department for Transport.
Although the ten new Class 350/3 Desiro units are due to enter service in London and across the West Midlands from December, some of the new trains will be brought into service more than two months early, from Monday (October 6).
The trains will be used to lengthen some of the busiest morning and evening peak services into and out of London Euston, before the new winter timetable comes into effect on December 14.
Three morning services: the 06.18 Northampton-London Euston, the 07.15 Bletchley-London Euston and the 08.26 Tring-London Euston will all be extended from the current eight carriages to 12, providing a total of 690 seats on each service.
The 15.49 London Euston-Northampton service will increase from four cars to eight, providing an extra 230 seats and the 18.29 London Euston- Northampton train will now be a 12-car formation.
Rail minister Claire Perry said: “As part of our long-term economic plan, we are investing record amounts in transforming the rail network, providing more seats, more trains and better journeys for millions of passengers.
“Over the next five years, more than £38 billion will be invested in building a world-class railway across the country.
“It is fantastic news that London Midland’s customers will start to enjoy this much-needed extra capacity earlier than expected, and I am looking forward to seeing the remaining trains start running from December.”
The new Siemens Class 350/3 Desiro trains join the existing fleets of Class 350/1 and 350/2 fleets maintained by Siemens at Kings Heath train care facility in Northampton and operated by London Midland on the West Coast Mainline.
London Midland managing director Patrick Verwer (pictured centre) said: “We are committed to improving the overall journey experience for our passengers, and adding more carriages to some of our busiest train services over the next few weeks will make a real difference to our London-bound commuters.”
Steve Scrimshaw (left), managing director of the rail systems business at Siemens, said: “This significant £62 million investment is part of Siemens’, and London Midland’s, ambitious plans to ensure more frequent services and improve the overall commuter experience in and out of the capital.”