New Class 230 D Trains have come into service on the Marston Vale Line (Bedford – Bletchley). The train, which has been developed by Vivarail, will provide extra capacity and a more comfortable journey for passengers on the Line. The Marston Vale Line is the first route in the country to benefit from these ground-breaking new trains!
The Class 230s were formerly in service on the District Line on the London Underground. They have since had a full refurbishment complete with the fitting of diesel generators and brand new interiors designed especially for the Line in consultation with the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership.
Features include a fully accessible toilet, dedicated space for cycles, buggies & pushchairs, a variety of seating options, information panels on local attractions, audio & visual announcements and USB charging points at every seat.
Each unit also has a piece of unique themed artwork designed by artist Alisha Miller drawing on feedback from the local community.
The D Trains are quiet, green and clean, with an automatic engine shut down when the trains are at stations. The lightweight aluminium bodyshell also means the train uses less fuel, have superior acceleration and provide swift and comfortable journeys.
Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership celebrated the first day of the trains being in service by distributing special upcycled goody bags to passengers courtesy of London Northwestern Railway.
There is currently one unit in service with a further two to follow later in the spring. The new fleet will be stationed and maintained at the Bletchley Train Maintenance Depot.
The Marston Vale Line will also see an improved timetable in May with an additional early evening service, later evening trains and a new Bank Holiday service.
Stephen Sleight, Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership Officer, said “I am delighted to see the first of the new Class 230 units operating on the Marston Vale Line! Passengers have been looking forward to these trains for some time. Marston Vale CRP has really welcomed the opportunity to be involved in their interior layout & design. The units have been completely transformed from their former life on the Underground, and are ideal for the Line & catering for our growing number of passengers, currently at a ten-year high”.
Alisha Miller, artist said “It’s been a wonderful experience working along the picturesque Marston Vale Line. I’ve met such friendly staff, passengers and community members who have helped inspire the three new artworks I’ve created for the Class 230 trains”.