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Gatwick express to get boost in train carriages

The extra train carriages to be added is going to be vital according to staff working at Easirent Car Hire Gatwick Airport who have used the service.

The Gatwick Express operators have revealed a deal worth £145 million for 27 new trains to enter service next year. They will be fitted to the Gatwick/ Victoria line, offering more luggage space, two-by-two seating and wi-fi.

Rail Minister Claire Perry said “These new British built trains are great news for passengers and a boost for the economy. They will transform journeys on the Gatwick Express and Thameslink routes and safeguard jobs at Bombardier’s Derby factory. As part of our long term economic plan over £38 billion is being invested in improving our railways over the next 5 years and it’s great to see companies like GTR investing in the service it provides for its customers.”

New trains will also be added to Thameslink routes and are due to enter service in 2016. They will be built in the UK by Derby based company Bombardier.

Charles Horton, managing director of Southern, said “This is great news for our Gatwick passengers, but also for those travelling from Brighton, as in the off-peak some of these trains will be extended to there, while still maintaining the fast connection between Victoria and Gatwick. We took over the operation of the Thameslink route in September and already we are introducing new trains which will transform our passengers’ journeys on services between Bedford and Brighton.”