Train company aims to bring 130 extra carriages to south

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A TRAIN company is hoping to provide 130 new carriages on services in the south.

Southern is encouraging suppliers to compete for the chance to build the carriages, which are required to increase capacity on its network.

The company has issued a questionnaire to interested firms, with the trains due for no later than December 2013.

The extra carriages will replace 23 Class 377 units sub-leased to First Capital Connect, which the company said are unlikely to be returned in time to meet Southern’s growth targets.

Managing director Chris Burchell said: ‘We need to explore other options to provide the capacity to meet our passengers’ needs.’