No with­drawals yet for Class 315s

Rail (UK) - - Fleet News -

Ever­sholt Rail has told RAIL that no Class 315s have yet been with­drawn from traf­fic de­spite the in­tro­duc­tion of Trans­port for Lon­don (TfL) Rail Class 345s.

It owns the 61-strong four-car elec­tric mul­ti­ple unit fleet, with 44 used by TfL Rail (a fur­ther 17 are with Lon­don Over­ground).

When with­drawals do start, the rolling stock leas­ing com­pany says the ‘315s’ will be stored. No de­tails re­gard­ing where they will be sent have been an­nounced.

Bom­bardier has de­liv­ered 345005-345010, and four of th­ese are avail­able for traf­fic. How­ever, they only op­er­ate re­stricted off­peak trains at the mo­ment. The ‘345s’ are seven-car EMUs that will later be ex­tended to nine-car for­ma­tions.

Of the ‘315s’ used by TfL Rail (315818-315861), two (315840 and 315848) have not been used since late July. The TfL Rail fleet op­er­ate in pairs be­tween Lon­don Liver­pool Street and Shen­field on Metro ser­vices. Th­ese are where ‘345s’ are be­ing in­tro­duced.

The first ‘345’ en­tered traf­fic al­most a month late on June 22, and de­spite TfL spokesman Josh Bur­rell telling RAIL on Au­gust 23 that 11 ‘345s’ would be in traf­fic ‘dur­ing au­tumn’, so far only one per day op­er­ates and doesn’t run in peak-time, although this is planned to change im­mi­nently.

The LO Class 315 fleet will be re­placed by Class 710 EMUs from next year.

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