Model of new FCC train at St Albans station

First Capital Connect model on display

First Capital Connect model on display - Credit: Archant

There’s light at the end of the tunnel for FCC passengers patiently awaiting a better service.

The rail firm has been conducting a promotional launch of its promised transformation of the Thameslink services, visiting St Albans station last Wednesday to display a model new train.

The display showed a miniature version of 115 state-of-the-art high capacity trains currently being built as part of the Government-sponsored £6.5 million Thameslink programme.

Members of the FCC project team spoke to passengers about the new trains, which will hit the tracks in 2016.

With Thameslink commuters suffering from travelling on some of the most crowded services in Britain, FCC managing director David Statham said the new fleet, “will give us more trains, more carriages and more capacity which our passengers desperately need”.

They are expected to add a third more fast services during the three-hour morning peak period.

David said they will run on the Bedford-Brighton and Wimbledon loop along with new routes that will become part of a wider Thameslink network in four years time.