All ‘700/0s’ in traf­fic as more ‘700/1s ar­rive

Rail (UK) - - Fleet -

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.

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