Construction of six four-car Class 387s is underway at Bombardier's Derby Litchurch Lane.
Each '387' has 225 seats. These seats are around 10% wider than those fitted to Class 357s.
The '387s' have two toilets and two dedicated wheelchair areas per four-coach train. This is double what is currently available.
They are scheduled to enter traffic by the end of the year.
Porterbrook owns the electric multiple units, which form part of the rolling stock leasing company's speculative order placed last year. The ROSCO ordered 20 Class 387s from Bombardier and then sought to find operators for the trains. While c2c has taken an option for six trains, Great Western Railway will take the remaining 14 trains.
- For more on this, read RAIL 805, published on July 20.
- For an analytical look at new train fleets, read RAIL 805, published on July 20.