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First Capital Connect Press Statement

A press statement from on March 5th reveals the game-plan of how to survive the March 22nd timetable change with only 3 out of the intended 23 Class 377/5 units being available by then. This change will link Kent and south-east London stations such as Sevenoaks and Bromley South with north London destinations such as St. Pancras International, Kentish Town, St. Albans and Bedford. It will increase from eight to fifteen the number of trains per hour running across London from Blackfriars to St. Pancras International. will reduce from ten to three the number of spare units available and suspend the current refurbishment programme on Class 319 units. will be lending them eight Class 377/2 units (not their whole fleet of these) and Southeastern will run five Class 465 units and two Class 466 units temporarily to run four services a day into and out of City Thameslink so releasing four Class 319 units originally intended for these workings. The Class 465 units would have been used to lengthen services. It is also believed three Class 375 units will run certain services. Not revealed is the number of Class 350s units on the East Croydon to Milton Keynes service, however there are known to be four Class 377/2 diagrams and only a small number of units will be prepared for DC service. It is expected that the Class 350s will be carrying passengers on the East Croydon to Milton Keynes service from 16th March, so to release Class 377/2s in time.