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Five-car ‘378s’ boost LO capacity

London Overground confirmed that all 57 Class 378s were running as five-car trains on January 6, increasing overall capacity on LO by a quarter.

The fifth coach means each Class 378 now has space for 170 passengers per train, as part of a £320 million scheme to increase capacity across the LO routes.

“Over the whole network we now carry 176 million passengers a year, which is six times the number we carried when we took over this railway in 2007,” said Transport for London Director of London Overground Mike Stubbs.

“It is services like these that connect communities and support new homes, jobs and economic growth across London."

  • For more on this, read RAIL 792, published on January 20.


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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 12/01/2016 14:54

    Soon Bombardier will start to build 45 brand new London Overground Class 710 Aventra trains that are 4 carriages longer (80metres in length) and are to replace the ageing Class 315 and Class 317 trains on the Lea Valley lines (Liverpool Street-Chingford, Enfield Town and Cheshunt), Class 321/4 on the Romford-Upminster line in East London and the Gospel Oak-Barking line will also see new Class 710 Aventra trains to be used once the GOBLIN has been electrified (25kv AC Overhead) replacing the LO Class 172/0 Turbostar to be used on the West Ealing-Greenford line as London Overground are to take over the branch line in West London in the near future.

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