The entire fleet of passenger assistance buggies at London Euston station has been replaced after 18 years’ service.
It’s estimated the 10 vehicles have made 1,000,000 journeys between the main concourse and platforms over the years. With each trip around a third of a mile – it means they’ve ferried passengers and luggage over 330,000 miles between them – the moon is 238,885 miles away from Earth.
The first four buggies were introduced in 2004 with a further six added in 2010. After nearly two decades of serious pulling power, Network Rail has retired the old vehicles for 12 new electric machines.
Gareth Parry, Network Rail station manager at London Euston, said: “These new buggies will continue to play a vital role in getting passengers to and from trains who need extra help. The old buggies have served us incredibly and it’s out of this world to think of together they’ve travelled further away than the moon!
“These new vehicles will be much more reliable, have a longer battery life and can continue to serve passengers for many more years to come.”
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