Fi­nal ‘700’ en­ters pas­sen­ger traf­fic

Rail (UK) - - Fleet News -

All 115 Class 700s are now in pas­sen­ger traf­fic, af­ter eight-car 700060 en­tered ser­vice on July 11.

The eight-car elec­tric mul­ti­ple unit was one of the fi­nal two Class 700s to be de­liv­ered by Siemens to the UK.

It is part of a £1 bil­lion train or­der placed by the De­part­ment for Trans­port in 2012. De­liv­er­ies be­gan in 2015, and the ‘700s’ en­tered rev­enue-earn­ing ser­vice in June 2016. There are 55 12-car and 60 eight-car sets, mak­ing a to­tal of 1,140 ve­hi­cles.

The in­tro­duc­tion of the Govia Thames­link Rail­way Class 700 fleet en­abled the op­er­a­tor to re­place Class 319, ‘377’ and ‘387’ fleets on the Thames­link net­work.

The Class 319s were ei­ther cas­caded to North­ern or Lon­don Mid­land (now West Mid­lands Trains) or sent off-lease. The ‘377/2s’ re­turned to South­ern, while the ‘377/5s’ trans­ferred to South­east­ern. The Class 387s are now part of GTR’s Great North­ern op­er­a­tion.

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