More Class 387s for GWR
FirstGroup-owned Great Western Railway has agreed a multi-million pound deal with rolling stock leasing company Porterbrook and train manufacturer Bombardier to supply an additional 23 Class 387 ‘Electrostar’ EMUs (electric multiple units) for Thames Valley services.
The four car sets, which are capable of 110mph, will be built at Derby and are scheduled for delivery between April and October 2017.
The order brings GWR’s Class 387 fleet tally up to 45 sets (180 carriages): Eight sets are under construction, and 14 of the 20 sets ordered (but not allocated) by Porterbrook in October 2015 have now been assigned to GWR (the other six sets will go to c2c).
The first GWR 387s will enter service on September 5th between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington. When all sets are in operation the displaced Class 165/166 ‘Turbo Trains’ will be cascaded to other duties in the west of England.
These could be the last ‘Electrostar’ units to be built. In addition to the 45 GWR sets, the other Class 387 fleet sets will eventually include: GTR (29); Gatwick Express (27); and c2c (6).