In June 2013, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin confirmed Siemens plc and Cross London Trains had been awarded a contract to build 1,140 state-of-the-art carriages for the Thameslink route.
Most, if not all, trains on the expanded Thameslink route will be new by the end of 2018, with the first new trains entering service in 2016.
They will run on both the Thameslink and Great Northern routes significantly increasing capacity. By the end of 2018, Thameslink trains will flow into and out of central London every 2-3 minutes at the busiest times – a metro-style service of up to 24 trains per hour in each direction across the Capital.
Better performance and more space
These lighter, energy-efficient trains will cause less wear to the track, allowing faster acceleration, more efficient braking and greater reliability for passengers.
Many trains used on the Thameslink route will be longer with 8 or 12 carriages.
They will also be far more intelligent. Advanced technology will deliver faster, real-time updates and travel information. Design features include more space for luggage, improved access for people with reduced mobility and air conditioning.
Find out more information about the new trains in our questions and answers.
Public showcase and new train roadshow
First Capital Connect, with the Department for Transport and Siemens staged a public showcase of the new train using a full-sized mock-up of two carriages at London’s ExCeL centre in January 2014. To find out more about the roadshow click here