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First of re­dun­dant Class 317s sent for scrap­ping

- Eastleigh Works · Ilford · GB Railfreight · East Coast · Liverpool · London · Greater Anglia · Ilford · Sorrento · Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet · St Pancras, London

Dis­posal of re­dun­dant Class 317s is un­der way, with the first two four­car elec­tric mul­ti­ple units dragged to Eastleigh Works for scrap­ping.

Sent off-lease by Greater Anglia ear­lier this year, 317656/661 have been stripped of re­us­able com­po­nents. They were dragged from Il­ford to Hamp­shire by GB Rail­freight 66709 Sor­rento on Novem­ber 13.

GA had planned to with­draw its en­tire 72-strong fleet of ‘317s’ by April 2020, as per the fran­chise agree­ment signed in 2016.

How­ever, de­lays in in­tro­duc­ing Bom­bardier Class 720/5s meant they have had to re­main in ser­vice - GA has ap­plied to con­tinue us­ing at least 35 of the vet­eran EMUs un­til May 30 next year.

Class 317s were built between 1981-87 and in­tro­duced on the route from St Pan­cras In­ter­na­tional. They were also used on East Coast Main Line and West Anglia ser­vices, slowly mi­grat­ing east un­til all sets op­er­ated from Liver­pool Street.

Lon­don Over­ground had a small fleet, but these were with­drawn ear­lier this year. While the eight Class 317/7s LO used will move to GA, its six Class 317/8s are stored at Pot­ter Group, Ely.

The ‘317/6s’, con­verted from ‘317/2s’ in the late 1990s, are the youngest mem­bers of the fleet, but do not meet ac­ces­si­bil­ity reg­u­la­tions that came into force on Jan­uary 1. All but six of that sub­class will be with­drawn by the end of the year.

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