TfL’s Class 315 elec­tric mul­ti­ple unit scrap­ping be­gins

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The first of Trans­port for Lon­don’s Class 315 elec­tri­cal mul­ti­ple units has been sent for scrap.

Four-car 315850 was taken from stor­age at Knorr-Bremse Rail Ser­vices’ Wolver­ton Works to CF Booth’s scrap­yard at Rotherham on Oc­to­ber 20.

It dates from 1981, and was owned by Ever­sholt Rail. TfL Rail is re­plac­ing its ‘315’ fleet with Class 315 Aven­tras, and 315850 is one of eight so far with­drawn from ser­vice. More Class 315s will be scrapped in the com­ing weeks, although no more have been sent off-lease due to the num­ber of ‘345s’ in ser­vice not be­ing in­creased in re­cent months.

Stored ‘315s’ cur­rently at Wolver­ton are: 315832/835/840/ 854/860/861.

TfL Rail has 36 Class 315s in traf­fic be­tween Lon­don Liver­pool Street and Shen­field that op­er­ate in pairs. In­tro­duced in 1980-1981, these are due to be sent off-lease as more ‘345s are de­liv­ered, and as Cross­rail opens and the Metro ser­vices op­er­ated by the ‘315s’ are di­verted through the cen­tre of Lon­don.

De­lays caused by the re­li­a­bil­ity of the ‘345s’ and the open­ing of the tun­nel mean that more ‘315s’ are likely to be in traf­fic longer than en­vis­aged.

Lon­don Over­ground also has 17 Class 315s in traf­fic that are to be re­placed by Bom­bardier-built Class 710s, although de­lays with that new fleet mean that the planned re­place­ment by the end of 2018 will not hap­pen. LO will re­tain one set for the Up­min­ster branch.

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