The first two of six Class 387/3 EMUs built by Bombardier have arrived at c2c’s East Ham depot.
The operator says they will undergo a programme of live testing and driver training before entering passenger service in November. Two trains at a time will be introduced into service to boost peak capacity, following complaints about overcrowding when a new timetable was introduced in December 2015. Timetable revisions in January 2017 will then follow to make full use of the additional trains.
c2c plans to diagram all six units for service each weekday, operating two 12-car peak hour services. The additional stock will enable four peak services from the Southend area to be accelerated, while several Tilbury line services will be lengthened from four to eight carriages.
The ‘387/3s’ form part of a speculative order for the 20 of the class placed by Porterbrook, the remainder of which will be used by Great Western Railway on suburban services in the Thames Valley. In the longer term c2c is to order 17 new four-car trains to be introduced from 2019 as part of its franchise agreement.