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Mayor of Cambridge Names a New Class 379 Train ‘City of Cambridge’
03 Oct 2011

The Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Ian Nimmo-Smith has officially named one of National Express East Anglia’s (NXEA) new Class 379 trains ‘City of Cambridge’ in a ceremony at the City’s rail station.
The train is part of the fleet of 30 new Class 379 trains now operating key services between Cambridge and London Liverpool Street, and to Stansted Airport. The naming of the ‘City of Cambridge’ train will officially mark the introduction of the new trains on important commuter services on the West Anglia route between Cambridge and Liverpool Street. 

The 30 four-carriage Class 379 electrostar trains have 20 first class and 189 standard class seats, and features include an integral internal CCTV system for passenger safety, 2x2 seating and larger luggage racks, a wi-fi network and state-of-the-art train management system and regenerative braking. Manufactured in Derby by Bombardier Transportation and owned by Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets, the trains feature high standards of accommodation in a modern air-conditioned environment. The trains are also fully accessible to those with disabilities. A recent review of the new train in Rail magazine described the trains as: ‘This is a train that is quiet, and which has some nice passenger-friendly touches….It offers an excellent ride quality…The Class 379 will prove an invaluable addition to the NXEA fleet.’

The new trains have been introduced by NXEA, ahead of the timescales agreed with the Department for Transport, so many passengers are already enjoying better journeys and the travel experience for the millions of airline passengers who use Stansted as a gateway to London and the wider UK has been transformed.  

Andrew Chivers, Managing Director for National Express East Anglia said: “The new Class 379 trains are transforming the quality of service on our Stansted Express and key Cambridge to Liverpool Street services. We are delighted that the right worshipful Mayor of Cambridge joined us to mark the introduction of the new trains by naming a train ‘City of Cambridge’ reflecting the importance of Cambridge as a leading destination on our network.”