ETCS testing on Class 387 trains was successfully completed on the mainline between Reading and Heathrow. GWR, Bombardier, DB Cargo, DfT, Heathrow Airport and Porterbrook have cooperated to perform the testing in March.
Over return trips were conducted to appraise the on-train hardware and software as well as the related infrastructure.
“Introduction of an ETCS fitted fleet on services to Heathrow is just such a project and will enable a service uplift to meet expected passenger numbers when the airport returns to its role as a key European aviation hub,” Mary Grant, CEO Porterbrook, said.
Later this year, the GWR 387 trains will provide Heathrow Express transport services which are connecting the airport and London Paddington station.
The trains are fitted with USB power at each seat, fast Wi-Fi, ample luggage space and the option of Business First.