February 2016 saw the first of twenty-seven new Class 387/2 trains being introduced on the Gatwick Express.
The new trains replace thirty-year old Class 442 trains, which lacked many modern accessible features. They were difficult for passengers to board with luggage and those with restricted mobility.
The new trains are in 4 Coach formations and can be worked in multiple to create the maximum of 12 Coaches.
Some Class 387/2 trains are on loan to Thameslink to cover stock shortages.
The new trains are numbered 387201 to 387227.
Class 387/2 trains have many new and improved features for passengers:
Accessible toilets with baby changing
Brighter & lighter interiors
Wi-Fi for passengers
Fully DDA Compliant
Improved air conditioning
Improved on-board visual/audio announcements in several languages
More leg room
More luggage racks
Power sockets at every seat
Priority seating for those with mobility issues
Two double doors per carriage