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Transport Secretary unveils new trains to serve airport route

Passengers travelling to one of the UK’s busiest holiday airports will be able to travel on new trains from the end of this year.

The 30 four-carriage trains will run on National Express East Anglia's services to Stansted Airport in Essex and also between London and Cambridge.

The 120 new carriages in the 100mph Class 379 trains are part of the 2,100 extra carriages promised by the Government by 2019 and will provide 11,000 more seats a day for travellers.

Unveiling the first trains of the new fleet at London's Liverpool Street station, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said they would be faster and greener than the older rolling stock they replaced. The 2,100 extra carriages for commuter railways would “increase capacity, ease overcrowding and make our railways fit for the 21st century”, he said.

“We cannot afford not to invest in Britain's future - even at a time of severe pressure on public spending - and that's why we are investing £185 million in these new trains for the east of England.”

National Express East Anglia managing director Andrew Chivers said he was “delighted to introduce these new trains, providing thousands of extra seats and improved travel comfort for our customers”.

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