Land­mark reached in Class 700 de­liv­ery pro­gramme

Rail (UK) - - Fleet News - Richard Clin­nick As­sis­tant Editor richard.clin­nick@bauer­me­ @Clin­nick1

SIEMENS has reached the half­way mark in its de­liv­ery of Class 700s un­der the Thames­link pro­gramme.

Eight-car 700043 was de­liv­ered to Hornsey de­pot on April 26, and was the 58th of 115 dual-volt­age elec­tric mul­ti­ple units (EMUs) or­dered by the Depart­ment for Trans­port in 2012; the first trains ar­rived in 2015.

The Class 700s are be­ing built by Siemens in Krefeld (Ger­many), and tested in Wilden­rath be­fore be­ing dis­patched to the UK for com­mis­sion­ing. They are leased by Govia Thames­link Rail­way (GTR).

The lat­est EMU fol­lowed class­mate 700022, which ar­rived at Three Bridges on April 24. So far two ‘700s’ have been de­liv­ered di­rect to Hornsey due to the fact that Three Bridges is full with EMUs be­ing com­mis­sioned, as well as the fleet in public traf­fic.

The deal cov­ers 1,140 ve­hi­cles, and so far Siemens has de­liv­ered 43 eight-car trains (344 ve­hi­cles) and 15 12-car trains (180 ve­hi­cles), giving a to­tal of 524 ve­hi­cles - equiv­a­lent to 131 of the four-car EMUs that they are re­plac­ing. GTR had leased 86 Class 319s, nine Class 377/2s, 23 Class 377/5s and 29 Class 387s (147 trains). Most ‘319s’ have been sent off-lease, the ‘377/2s’ have re­turned to South­ern, eight ‘377/5s’ have moved to South­east­ern and the ‘387s’ are be­ing used on GTR’s Great North­ern oper­a­tions.

Siemens is near­ing the end of a de­liv­ery pro­gramme for 40 eight-car Class 700/0s, with 700001/034/035/042 still to be de­liv­ered from the cur­rent batch. RAIL un­der­stands that when that is com­pleted, 30 12-car Class 700/1s will be sent to the UK (700116700145), fol­lowed by 12 ‘700/0s’ (700047-700058). The fi­nal batch of ten ‘700/1s’ will then ar­rive (700146-700155), fol­lowed by the fi­nal two ‘700/0s’ (700059/060).

De­liv­er­ies are be­ing made weekly, with a RAIL source say­ing that they must all be de­liv­ered by May 2018.

Class 700s en­tered traf­fic in June 2016, and are now widely used across the ex­ist­ing Thames­link net­work. They will also be in­tro­duced on Great North­ern routes, run­ning to Cam­bridge and Peter­bor­ough.

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