First Class 230 begins passenger services on Marston Vale Line Image: West Midlands Trains

Train will provide extra capacity and improved customer experience for passengers on the Marston Vale Line

The first Class 230 D Train entered passenger service on the Marston Vale line this morning (Tuesday 23 April). Unit 2300034 is now in service on the route between Bletchley and Bedford.

London Northwestern Railway will be operating three new two-car D Trains on the route once the project is completed this Spring.

The interior of the trains features fully accessible toilets, various seating options, more space and USB sockets at every seat.

The D Trains are also quiet, green and clean, with automatic engine shut down when the trains are at stations. The lightweight aluminium body-shell also means the train uses less fuel, have superior acceleration and provide swift and comfortable journeys.

Jonny Wiseman, customer experience director for London Northwestern Railway, said:

“There has been a lot of anticipation for the introduction of the D Trains from staff, railway enthusiasts, commuters and the local community, and we hope that our passengers find them comfortable and welcoming to travel on.

“These trains are unrecognisable from their former life on the Underground and Vivarail have created a modern and comfortable train, ideal for this route.”

Trains feature locally-relevant designs

The trains feature a special London Northwestern Railway livery for the line, with artwork from artist Alisha Miller. Alisha was commissioned to produce three locally-relevant designs. She 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”.

The remaining two D Trains will be introduced on the line in coming weeks, and will be maintained at the Bletchley depot.

The Marston Vale Line will also see a new timetable from Monday – Saturday from May. There will be an hourly service throughout the day on the route. A Sunday service will be introduced on the route from 2021.