Govia unveils new trains running between King’s Lynn and London King’s Cross, via Downham Market, Littleport, Ely and new station at Cambridge North
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Rail passengers travelling from King's Lynn will be able to travel in greater comfort thanks to brand new, air-conditioned carriages which have taken to the tracks.
The four carriages of the Class 387 trains - which will travel into London via the newly-opened Cambridge North station - have two by two seats throughout, all with plug sockets, adjustable arm rests and larger tables.
The trains are being prepared for free wifi, which will be available in the coming months. It is to be one of the first routes in England to have free wifi on board for passengers to use free of charge.
In the meantime, passengers can sit back and relax in the comfortable seats with plenty of legroom and enjoy views of rolling fields of the Fens on a much quieter and smoother train.
The trains are equipped with designated areas and accessible toilets for wheelchair users which are also accustomed for parents with buggies, people with large luggage and people with restricted mobility.
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West Norfolk mayor Carol Bower said the trains were a reflection of the growth of the borough, adding: 'I must admit, this is exciting - comfortable and efficient trains coming to King's Lynn.
'This is not just important for us but for tourism as well. It's really needed for us to be vibrant.
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'A very happy outcome, makes me even more privileged to be here today. I'd like to thank the company and all those involved in this exciting addition to our rail service.'
Keith Jipps, infrastructure director of Govia Thameslink Railway - which runs Great Northern - said: 'These trains are only a year old. They're as modern as you get, very fast and a very reliable service. We are seeing more and more modernisation - next year we're seeing longer trains and more frequent trains. This is part of a plan to replace three-quarters of our trains by 2020 - in just a few short years we'll be moving from one of the oldest fleets in the country to one of the newest. I'd like to thank the Fen Line Users Association who have been instrumental in helping us with our plans.'
The new trains have now replaced most of the King's Lynn to London King's Cross services.
Services to Cambridge North depart daily from King's Lynn at 4.54am, 9.30am, 3.54pm and 10.31pm.