More Class 345s com­pleted ready for Cross­rail duty

Rail (UK) - - Fleet News - Richard Clin­nick As­sis­tant Edi­tor richard.clin­nick@bauer­me­dia.co.uk @Clin­nick1

PRO­DUC­TION of the ini­tial or­der of 65 Class 345s for Cross­rail is pro­gress­ing, Bom­bardier told RAIL on Fe­bru­ary 28.

Spokesman Will Tan­ner said that of the ini­tial or­der of 65 trains for Cross­rail, 35 had been com­pleted, with more in pro­duc­tion.

While Trans­port for Lon­don (TfL) pub­licly states that the deal is for 66 trains, Bom­bardier has only re­ceived an or­der so far for 65, al­though it is ex­pected that will in­crease to at least 66 and prob­a­bly 70. Last year, TfL ex­tended the deal by an­other four trains.

Tan­ner said that the first two full-length nine-car elec­tric mul­ti­ple units had been de­liv­ered, with 345020 be­ing used for test­ing be­tween Lon­don Padding­ton and Maiden­head ( RAIL 847), and 345021 be­ing used to test Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Based Train Con­trol (CBTC) on the cen­tral sec­tion (see Net­work News, page 12-13).

From March 1, two full-length ‘345s’ are due to be based at

Old Oak Com­mon (345020 and 345029), with more to fol­low.

Mean­while, there are cur­rently 13 seven-car Class 345s at Il­ford for pas­sen­ger du­ties, with 345005-017 avail­able and 345013 ac­cepted for ser­vice on Fe­bru­ary 27. Tan­ner said a fur­ther two seven-car sets are due by the end of March.

These sets are de­liv­ered ini­tially as seven-car trains due to the length of plat­forms in Lon­don, and will be ex­tended to nine-car sets when Lon­don Liver­pool Street’s Plat­form 18 is closed and plat­form ex­ten­sion work is com­pleted.

For the Class 710 LOTrain project for Lon­don Over­ground, Tan­ner said 16 trains (64 ve­hi­cles) have been com­pleted so far. The trains are cur­rently un­der­go­ing type test­ing ahead of ser­vice in­tro­duc­tion. One set (710258) had been taken to Va­len­ci­ennes in France for type test­ing.

The Class 710 or­der was ini­tially for 45 four-car EMUs, of which 14 (710256-710269) would be dual-volt­age. Tan­ner con­firmed that in De­cem­ber that the op­tion for a fur­ther 42 ve­hi­cles was taken up by Trans­port for Lon­don - these will be de­liv­ered as three four-car Class 710/2s in spring 2019, and six five-car sets de­liv­ered in win­ter 2019-20. All will be dual-volt­age.

Mean­while, con­struc­tion has started on the first Class 720 Aven­tras for Greater Anglia, with five-car sets due in traf­fic with GA from next March ( RAIL 847).

EIKI SEKINE.

TfL Rail 345020 ar­rives at Lon­don Padding­ton on Fe­bru­ary 23, with a test train from Maiden­head. It is one of the first nine-car Class 345s de­liv­ered, and is based at Old Oak Com­mon for test­ing.

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