EMU operations to ramp up by September
Great Western Railway has introduced its first Class 387 Electrostar EMUs on services between London Paddington and Maidenhead.
A phased transfer of diagrams to EMU operation is planned ahead of full service as far as Maidenhead in September, and GWR says this will deliver a 40% increase in seating capacity in the Thames Valley. Extension of EMU operation west to Reading and Didcot Parkway is due to take place in January 2018.
GWR has ordered a total of 45 four-car Class 387s from Bombardier, financed by Porterbrook. It first introduced the ‘387s’ on shuttle services between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington in January. Eventually they will operate in 12-car formations.