All ‘700/0s’ in traffic as more ‘700/1s arrive
Siemens delivered 700138 to the UK on October 25, five days after 700124 arrived on these shores, and seven days after 700142.
The 12-car electric multiple units are destined for Govia Thameslink Railway, and the latest deliveries take the number of Class 700s now in the UK to 81 (700001-700046, 700101-125/128/132/134/136142).
All 46 eight-car Class 700/0s are in traffic, while 20 12-car ‘700/1s’ are available for use with GTR. This is a total of 608 vehicles, the equivalent of 152 four-car EMUs that the ‘700s’ have replaced. The Thameslink network is now entirely operated by Class 700s.
Government has ordered the EMUs for the Thameslink project, with a total of 1,140 vehicles to be delivered by May 2018. Still to arrive are 700047700060, 700126/127/129131/133/135/143-155.
Currently Class 700s are being stored until they are able to enter traffic. On October 19, 700125 was moved to Peterborough’s Thameslink sidings ahead of ‘700s’ starting work on the Great Northern network, while at Horsham, 700102/132/134/136/139/140 have been commissioned and are awaiting entry into traffic. This is dependent upon the completion of infrastructure work.