Thursday, 2 April 2009

More Carriages for NXEA

National Express East Anglia have today announced a significant increase in seating capacity on the London - Ipswich - Clacton routes with the addition of 68 carriages. These additional trains are not new but are being brought in from the London Midland franchise and will enable more trains to be made up of twelve carriages in peak periods.  Network Rail have committed to extend station platforms that are currently too short to accommodate twelve carriages.

The trains themselves are Class 321s which are the green sliding door stock we currently have serving Manningtree.  The additional trains are due to start coming into service in late 2009.

Also announced today are new trains for the Stansted Express line which are due to be in service in 2011 in time for the Olympics.

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