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Hitachi Class 700 // Credit: ThamesLink

ThamesLink have announced that the first new trains have arrived for the Kings Cross to Peterborough route.

The new trains departed Peterborough on Monday 6th November 2017. This means that passengers at Peterborough, Huntingdon, St Neots, Sandy, Biggleswade, Arlesey, Hitchin, Stevenage and Finsbury Park get faster and better trains directly in to the capital.

The new trains even tell you how the tube is running!

The trains, for the time being, will run a two peak hour services to and from Kings Cross. Although, from may, they will start running through the new tunnels to St Pancras.

This gives people the chance to get directly to central London, and also to Gatwick Airport.

What did the officials say?

Govia ThamesLink Railway Engineering Director Gerry McFadden said “These first new Thameslink trains on the Great Northern route are a shape of things to come and feature the latest in technology. Their introduction is part of a broader fleet modernisation programme that has seen most of our older trains withdrawn and new trains introduced to Cambridge, Peterborough and King’s Lynn. This will continue into next year with new trains on the Moorgate line.”

He added “At GTR we’re modernising the railway and starting in May we’ll be giving passengers longer trains and more services to provide vital added seats on a route that has seen a 70% increase in passenger numbers in just 14 years. This increase in capacity, coupled with trains to new central London stations, Crossrail and Gatwick Airport, will transform the lives of thousands.”

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