Hard working staff at Bombardier’s Derby factory have triumphed yet again with the delivery, ahead of schedule, of 379002 and 379030 to Ilford depot.
All 30 Electrostars for National Express East Anglia have now been delivered. In total 120 class 379 vehicles have been built at Derby, which will increase the number of seats by 11,000 from December, when a new timetable comes into operation.
The 379s are replacing the older class 317s on the Stansted Airport route, where their much increased luggage area will be of considerable benefit to airline passengers.
Says Colin S. Walton, Chairman, Bombardier Transportation UK, ‘Our Derby workforce should be congratulated for the (punctual) delivery of these superb trains. Our customer and the travelling public have a high quality, British built, product that they can be proud of.
‘Thanks to the National Express team for their continued support and we look forward to the continued partnership and the many challenges ahead.’
John Ratcliffe, Engineering Director, National Express said he was thrilled by the new trains.
‘We are thrilled with these new trains. On the 10 August we were able to introduce 27 of the 30 units into passenger service, 10 days before we were required to by the Department for Transport.
‘This is a fantastic achievement and we would like to thank the Bombardier team for the hardwork and dedication in making this happen,’ says John.