The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin opened a new state-of-the-art Three Bridges train depot today (Thursday October 15).
The depot, which is the size of 13 football pitches and will create 150 jobs, is part of the multi-billion pound Government Thameslink Programme which is due to complete in 2018.
A spokesman for the Department of Transport said: “The depot will play a significant part in housing and maintaining the new 1,140 carriage fleet for the expanded Thameslink network which when complete will operate from Bedford, Cambridge and Peterborough to Brighton, Horsham, Gatwick, Maidstone and Sevenoaks.”
Mr McLoughlin said: “Our plan for passengers is delivering real improvements for those who use Thameslink services.
“The opening of this state-of-the-art facility is a major milestone and paves the way for an impressive new fleet of hi-tech trains to come into service from spring next year.
“The improvements will transform rail travel for millions of passengers, with better journeys on fantastic new Class 700 trains, improved connections and upgraded stations.
“The programme is also creating thousands of jobs across the country.”
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