Final ‘700’ enters passenger traffic
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.