Thameslink’s new train enters passenger service

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UK: Thameslink’s new Siemens-built Class 700 train has performed well as it enjoyed its maiden voyage in passenger service on the 10.02 service from Brighton to London Bridge.

Unit 700108, one of the 55, 12-carriage trains to be built, made a total of four trips on this route in the off-peak on Monday 20th June as it was given a “gentle introduction” to passenger service. On Tuesday the train, which is capable of carrying up to 1,750 in air conditioned comfort, ran nine times between the two stations.

The train continues to be used this week on the four off-peak journeys after which it will begin service on the wider Thameslink route through central London to and from Bedford.

The train’s features include:

  • Wider doors and aisles to make getting on and off easier
  • Spacious walkways between carriages to make it easier to move through the train to give a greater sense of security Two-by-two seating to create more room
  • Lots of luggage space – essential for airport travellers
  • Adaptive climate-controlled air conditioning which adjusts to the number of passengers to keep things comfortable
  • Electronic signs showing which carriages have more space to sit or stand Screens with real time service information
  • Fully accessible toilets for disabled passengers and those with pushchairs or needing baby changing facilities
  • Spaces for full-sized bikes in the off-peak; storage for fold-up bikes in the peak

First run with passengers 20 June 10.02am at Brighton Boarding with a bike

This was the first of the trains to enter service. GTR’s intention is to run the 12-carriage trains in the peak from Brighton. It means Thameslink will have at least 1,000 extra standard class seats from the town in the morning peak once the new fleet and timetable is introduced.

Ultimately there will be 115 new trains running on an expanded Thameslink network to additional destinations such as Peterborough and Cambridge. In total, 55 of these will be in 12-carriage formation and 60 will have eight carriages.

Siemens Thameslink Programme Director Dave Hooper said: “This success represents a step change in cross-London commuter train experience with the latest state-of-the-art train design and on board systems equipment. This has been achieved by many people across our European in-house team and supply chain in design, testing, train manufacturing and depot construction. The service team at Three Bridges depot is very proud to take over the leadership of these new trains from the development phase into passenger service operation and we look forward to entering more new trains into service over the coming months.”

Andy Pitt, Executive Chairman of Cross-London Trains, said: “I am delighted that the new Class 700 trains are entering into passenger service. It’s great to see that passengers are starting to benefit from the massive investment in this brand new train fleet which will deliver much needed additional capacity to the rail network.”

Smart signs showing where theres space