From Monday 27th September, City Beam trains, new to Southeastern, will enter service on routes between London, Dartford, Hayes and Sevenoaks.
The 30 City Beam trains will all feature bright information screens showing the space available in each carriage, larger windows, air-conditioning, WiFi and charging points, bringing an improved passenger experience to Southeastern passengers.
The first City Beam trains enter passenger services today, with the remaining trains being introduced by Spring 2022.
Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said:
“The rollout of City Beam trains will mean more modern, accessible and comfortable journeys for passengers across south-east London and north Kent.
“As we build back better from Covid-19 we are seeing upgrades across the rail network that is making rail travel even smoother, cleaner and greener.”
David Statham, Managing Director for Southeastern, said:
“We are pleased to introduce these trains on our busiest London area routes after many months of hard work from Southeastern and Network Rail colleagues, as well as our suppliers and industry partners, Angel Trains and Siemens Mobility. Getting the trains safety approved, tracks and stations checked, and drivers and colleagues trained, has been a real team effort.
“Our focus is always on improving the service for our passengers, and we are confident that these new trains will make a huge difference over the coming months, as we progressively introduce more of the trains into service.”