A survey has revealed that the average of age Virgin Trains East Coast stock was 29.3 years – the third highest – while Govia Thameslink Railway followed in fourth with an average of 28.9 years.
Merseyrail topped the poll with a 36.3 average, while London Overground’s 4.7 was the lowest.
In response, a Virgin Trains spokesman said: “We are investing £140 million in improvements over the lifetime of the franchise which we took over in March this year.
“Last week we announced a £16m contract to fit 35 newly refurbished diesel engines on our oldest fleet, our high speed trains. The introduction of 65 new Super Express trains from 2018 will replace our current fleet.”
A spokesman for Great Northern, which operates Govia trains which travel through the likes of Letchworth, Hitchin and Stevenage to London King’s Cross, said: “We started our franchise just over a year ago and already we’ve brought in the first of four brand new fleets of train on to our network, on the Thameslink route.
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Source: The Comet