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
The First Class Area has been improved following the introduction of these new trains.
They now feature:
More seats with tables
…as well as the same features in Standard Class.