Air-conditioned train now running on Great Northern route

New Class 387 in service on Great Northern

New Class 387 in service on Great Northern - Credit: Archant

The first of a fleet of new, air-conditioned trains is now running on the Great Northern route which goes through Welwyn North, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Welham Green, Brookmans Park and Potters Bar.

Tables and power sockets on the new trains

Tables and power sockets on the new trains - Credit: Archant

The first Class 387/1 train began running on the Great Northern route on Monday, October 10.

All trains being introduced this autumn feature two-by-two seating with tables and power points throughout, modern passenger information systems, spaces for people in wheelchairs, fully accessible toilets and other features for people with disabilities.

This initial four-carriage train is running six services every day between King’s Cross and Cambridge/Letchworth Garden City. More services will follow.

Great Northern passenger services director Keith Jipps said: “We’re thrilled the new train is in service. Passengers have said they think it’s a vast improvement.

New Class 387 train at King's Cross

New Class 387 train at King's Cross - Credit: Archant

“They think it’s light and airy and welcome the two-by-two seating.”

The new trains are part of a wide range of proposed service changes and improvements on Great Northern for 2018, including new cross-London Thameslink services which will give passengers from Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar routes into London Blackfriars and beyond.

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