CAPTION: British Transport Minister Keith Hill (left of inset) and Connex Managing Director Olivier Brousse (right) were among the dignitaries present at London Victoria on April 30 to welcome the first scheduled service into the capital worked by Class 375 EMUs (RG 6.00 p351).

Adtranz is supplying a total of 45 four-car and 10 three-car Electrostars for Connex South Eastern, which hopes to have most of the fleet ready for service by the start of the winter timetable on September 30.

Connex is currently expecting to transfer the Network South Central franchise to new operator Govia with effect from June 23.