Industry Collaboration Leads to Successful ETCS Testing of Class 387

The teams from the participating parties have also performed other works, such as:

  • ETCS and refurbishment modifications on the Class 387s
  • ETCS software installation and dynamic testing
  • Necessary infrastructure upgrades
  • Technical documentation and support
  • Operational procedures and notices

The successful ETCS testing has also demonstrated the positive progress with ETCS fitment and vehicle refurbishment at Bombardier’s Ilford depot. The rigorous testing of the ETCS software at Network Rail’s Melton Mowbray RIDC test track over recent months, which has allowed key operational personnel to be trained, has made good progress as well.

The GWR 387 EMUs will carry passengers on the Heathrow Express later in 2020. Once in service, passengers will also enjoy at-seat USB power, wifi, plenty of luggage space and a Business First class.