All aboard! Thameslink repaints trains in support of NHS

Govia Thameslink has today announced that they have re-painted three of their trains to reflect the public support for the NHS and key-workers.

All aboard!: one of the three repainted GTR trains

Of course, in this time of covid-19 emergency, transport workers are key workers, too – the rising death toll from coronavirus among bus drivers and TfL staff a dark reminder of that.

Govia Thameslink, who operate the Thameslink franchise between Brighton and points north through East Croydon, as well as Southern trains and the usually very empty Gatwick Express line, claim that 200,000  key workers rely on their services each week.

GTR unveiled the new paint jobs ahead of tonight’s “Clap For Carers” at 8pm – the fourth week that neighbourhoods and communities come out on to their doorsteps to show their increasing appreciation and admiration for the frontline workers in this emergency.

“We are proud to be supporting the NHS, social care and emergency services during this crisis,” said Steve White, GTR’s chief operating officer.

“We hope that our NHS and Key Worker trains show how grateful we are to those working so very hard to keep people safe and beat this virus. There are more than 50 hospitals across our network and we are carrying more than 200,000 key workers each week. The team at GTR appreciates each and every one of them. I am also really proud of our teams, key staff themselves, who have worked so hard to support this project.”

The Thameslink Class 700 train is unit number 700111 – selected to show thanks for the tireless efforts of the NHS’s 111 advice line, with the Southern Railway unit number 377111 also celebrating the NHS service. The Great Northern train will be unit 717011 (as there are only 25 in the fleet).

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