British Rail Class 379

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About British Rail Class 379

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The Class 379 Electrostar is a British electric multiple-unit train type ordered in April 2009 for Stansted Express services operated by National Express East Anglia (NXEA) and later Greater Anglia. The trains are also being used on services between London Liverpool Street, Cambridge and Kings Lynn. The fleet was ordered as part of the NXEA Service Improvement Plan designed to expand capacity on the heavily crowded lines into London Liverpool Street. The trains are part of Bombardier Transportation's Electrostar family and are owned by Lloyds TSB. They were built at Bombardier's Derby plant, where the first unit was unveiled on 13 October 2010. After going to the Velim railway test circuit in the Czech Republic during November 2010, the first train returned to the UK in December for further testing along with other members of the class as they are built. A phased introduction into passenger service began in March 2011. They are maintained by Bombardier at Ilford. They work alongside the Class 317. The Class 379 units feature 2+2 seating in standard class and 2+1 seating in first class. Large luggage racks are provided as befits an airport service. Wi-fi is supplied by Icomera of

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