Over the past year, train operator Southern have started to introduce 26 new 5 car Class 377 Electrostar trains.
This batch of Class 377 differ from previous batches that Southern already have in passenger service.
Formed of 5 coaches
Larger and clearer passenger information displays
Improved braking and acceleration
New styling of windows (same as those on Abellio Greater Anglia’s Class 379 trains)
2+2 seating configuration
Plug sockets at every window seat
No first class sections (but can be converted at a later date if required)
This train batch will be numbered in the 377/6 category and will be used on the following ‘Metro Services’ in single or multiple formation:
Victoria to Dorking/Horsham via Hackbridge
Victoria to Epsom Downs via Norbury
Victoria to West Croydon via Streatham Hill
Victoria to London Bridge via Crystal Palace
London Bridge to Epsom/Guildford via Norwood Junction
London Bridge and Victoria to Caterham/Tattenham Corner (train divides at Purley)
These trains have in turn allowed the transfer of all 26 Class 456 trains to South West Trains, for them to strengthen existing services to 10 coach formations.
Due to their size, a number of platforms in the South London area have been extended or modified to cater for 10 car formation. Where this isn’t possible, the train’s on-board computer and GPS system is capable of only releasing the set number of doors that are actually on the station platform.
In practice, these trains can be used across the Southern network and are compatible with older trains from similar batches.