Class 378 - 5 Car Trains
London Overground service
London Overground are investing £320 million in extending the Class 378 fleet from four carriages to five. As well as extending the trains, many other infrastructure changes are required.
Class 378 trains are sent to Bombardier’s plant in Derby for the installment of the fifth carriage. The interior is to the same specifications as the existing carriages so to the general public they all look and feel the same.
The ever-increasing popularity of the London Overground network has seen a huge rise in demand. As a result, we are now on course to carry 135m passengers - nearly four times the number we carried when we took over this railway in 2007.
Mike Brown, TfL's Managing Director of London Rail
5 car trains are now in operation on the following London Overground services:
West Croydon/Crystal Palace/New Cross/Clapham Jct to Highbury & Islington
Richmond to Stratford
Clapham Jct to Willesden Jct (Completed by late 2015)
By extending existing four car trains, this has given a 25% increase in capacity per train.
The Watford Junction branch will gain 5 car trains when power upgrades, platform extensions and a new stabling facility is competed at Wembley.