Several people have told us about the new trains coming to (and, thinking about it, leaving from) Camberley. We’ve been sent this photo of a station poster that gives the details:
“We have now also taken delivery of a further 48 Class 456 carriages, previously operated by Southern, for phase two. These carriages will begin operating on the Guildford to Ascot line from early April. The Class 456 trains will replace the Class 450 and Class 458 trains which are currently used on the Ascot to Guildford route. Later in the Spring we will begin the refurbishment of these trains to a very high standard at a cost of around £15million, they will be similar in style to the Class 455 fleet (Red Trains).
The trains will feature wider doors, enabling two people to comfortably board the train at once which will help to speed up boarding. They will also have improved 2+2 seating, full CCTV, energy efficient LED lighting and a remote monitoring system that will help to improve reliability and ensure earlier identification and rectification of any faults. They will also be fully compliant with current disability regulations.
The design of the carriages is specifically suited for shorter journeys, like those made most frequently on the Ascot to Guildford line where the majority of journeys are 20 minutes or less. As a result, there are no on-board toilets or air conditioning [our emphasis] and the units will be fully standard class throughout.
The use of the Class 456 trains on the Ascot to Guildford route will allow us to strengthen some of our services travelling into London Waterloo with additional carriages.”
That bit about no toilets or air conditioning isn’t a great incentive to use public transport. Once upon a time, you could at least open the train windows fully………..
Paul has spotted some of the new rolling stock: