Thameslink shows off shiny new Crofton Park trains

The BBC reports that the new Class 700 trains which will serve Crofton Park on the Blackfriars route from 2017 have been unveiled. Train designers don't tend to surprise and delight, so this one looks much like other trains you may have seen, except that there will be more than twice as many carriages, seating 80% more people during peak times - in other words, fewer seats per carriage, creating more standing room.

With thanks to Hazel.

9 comments:

THNick said...

"more than twice as many carriages" - really? More than 16 carriages? And it will seat half as many people as current trains per carriage, but has a lot more standing space. Whoopey, I love standing on trains.

Spotter said...

A closer read reveals that CP won't get these until 2017...Boo hiss!

Mr Facts said...

To be more specific, it's "80% more peak seats between Blackfriars and St Pancras."

sardine said...

I guess they improved the commuter packing density by removing the tables.

MP said...

ITV News had this on tonight which I've posted to YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFmJsZ6kG-I

iheartthameslink said...

I'd prefer thameslink trains that ran on time, or trains that even arrived, over more carriages.

Loops said...

They're not really going to "seat" 80% more people by reducing the seats per carriage though, are they?

dim wit said...

Yes they will. Fewer seats per train x more trains = more seats.

Headhunter said...

I have noticed that Southern has refurb'ed some of it's carriages recently which is nice to see but as here, a lot of these refurb'ed units have fewer seats and more standing space which makes me think they just want to pack more standing passengers on board...

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