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Desiro City trains for the Thameslink route in London
Siemens will deliver 1,140 commuter rail carriages to the British capital. This is the largest order that Siemens has ever won in Great Britain and one of the biggest orders for Siemens' global rolling stock business. The first Desiro City train for the Thameslink network in Greater London was delivered and entered service in June 2016. By the end of 2018, a total of 115 trains will have been delivered. Siemens will take over the complete long-term servicing and maintenance for this new fleet of trains. The Thameslink north-south commuter route runs through London, connecting Bedford, located to the north east of the capital, with Brighton, on the south coast.

Introducing a high capacity, high frequency service of longer trains, extended platforms and new stations, the project is regarded as one of the largest rail infrastructure projects in the UK.

Press Releases

Thameslink showcases future of commuting at London Blackfriars (May 24, 2016)

  • Many new trains 50% longer, all feature latest in real-time information and fully accessible
  • Designed for high capacity, high intensity service from 2018
Thameslink this morning (Tuesday, May 24, 2016) showcased the future of commuting when it unveiled the spacious new Siemens Class 700 Thameslink train at London Blackfriars station. Fifty per cent longer than almost every train in the Thameslink fleet, the train put on show to media and stakeholders can carry up to 1,750 people seated and standing – the equivalent of 21 double-decker buses – and will be running on many routes to London from Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
Press Release24 June 2016

Thameslink Programme: Siemens trains enter service in London

Press Release15 October 2015

First depot for Thameslink trains opens doors

Press Release31 July 2015

First Siemens-built Thameslink train arrives in London

World premiere: British Secretary of State launches state-of-the-art train to be used on Thameslink route

Berlin, 2014-Sep-23
The British Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, and Jochen Eickholt, CEO Siemens Rail Systems, alongside Cross London Trains and Govia Thameslink Railway Limited, today presented for the first time three completely assembled cars for the new Class 700 train, to be used as part of the Thameslink project, at Innotrans 2014.
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Thameslink contract signed: Siemens to deliver trains worth circa 1.8 billion euros

Berlin, 2013-Jun-27
Siemens has secured an order for the supply of 1,140 new commuter rail carriages in Great Britain for a total of around 1.6 billion pounds (approximately 1.8 billion euros). In addition, Siemens will be responsible for the long-term maintenance of the fleet and overseeing construction of two new train maintenance depots. 
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Thameslink contract signed: Siemens to deliver trains worth circa 1.8 billion euros

Berlin, 2013-Jun-27
Siemens has secured an order for the supply of 1,140 new commuter rail carriages in Great Britain for a total of around 1.6 billion pounds (approximately 1.8 billion euros). In addition, Siemens will be responsible for the long-term maintenance of the fleet and overseeing construction of two new train maintenance depots. 
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New Siemens Thameslink Trains from Siemens

24 trains per hour peak timetable across central London by the end of 2018.

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Thameslink showcases future of commuting at London Blackfriars

On 24 May 2016, Thameslink is set to showcase the future of commuting when it unveils the spacious new Siemens Class 700 Thameslink train at Blackfriars station. Fifty per cent longer than almost every train in the Thameslink fleet, the train can carry up to 1,750 people seated and standing – the equivalent of 21 double-decker buses – and will be running on many routes to London from Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Thameslink showcases future of commuting at London Blackfriars

On 24 May 2016, Thameslink is set to showcase the future of commuting when it unveils the spacious new Siemens Class 700 Thameslink train at Blackfriars station. These new trains are a vital element of the Thameslink Programme which is transforming north-south travel through London. This will increase capacity and improve connectivity to help meet the demands of rising passenger numbers on one of Europe's busiest stretches of railway.

Thameslink showcases future of commuting at London Blackfriars

On 24 May 2016, Thameslink is set to showcase the future of commuting when it unveils the spacious new Class 700 Thameslink train at Blackfriars station.
115 'Class 700' trains are being delivered by Siemens, many of them 50% longer than almost every train in the Thameslink fleet which, with its spacious new design, will help meet the huge growth in passenger numbers on Thameslink which have soared 40% in the past five years.

Thameslink showcases future of commuting at London Blackfriars

On 24 May 2016, Thameslink is set to showcase the future of commuting when it unveils the spacious new Siemens Class 700 Thameslink train at Blackfriars station. One of the new features of these trains are electronic signs showing which carriages have more space to sit or stand.

First depot for Thameslink trains opens doors

Today, British Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin formally opened the new Siemens and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) train care facility in Crawley, West Sussex.
Purpose-built for the new Thameslink trains, the "Three Bridges" depot was constructed around 30 kilometers south of London. Siemens is investing around 400 million Euros in the construction of two depots. A second similar hi-tech train care facility is currently under construction in Hornsey, to the north of London, and is on track to be completed in summer 2016.

In the picture: British Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin tours the new Three Bridges Traincare Facility

First depot for Thameslink trains opens doors

Today, British Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin formally opened the new Siemens and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) train care facility in Crawley, West Sussex. Purpose-built for the new Thameslink trains, the "Three Bridges" depot was constructed around 30 kilometers south of London. Siemens is investing around 400 million Euros in the construction of two depots. A second similar hi-tech train care facility is currently under construction in Hornsey, to the north of London, and is on track to be completed in summer 2016.

In the picture: British Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin in the train driving simulator

First depot for Thameslink trains opens doors

Today, British Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin formally opened the new Siemens and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) train care facility in Crawley, West Sussex.
Purpose-built for the new Thameslink trains, the "Three Bridges" depot was constructed around 30 kilometers south of London. Siemens is investing around 400 million Euros in the construction of two depots. A second similar hi-tech train care facility is currently under construction in Hornsey, to the north of London, and is on track to be completed in summer 2016.

Ribbon cutting at the new depot (from left): Charles Horton, Govia Thameslink Railway, Secretary of State for Transport Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin, Jochen Eickholt, CEO Siemens Mobility, Juergen Maier, CEO Siemens UK, Andy Pitt, Executive Chairman of Cross London Trains

First Siemens-built Thameslink train arrives in London

On July 31, 2015, the first brand new Siemens-built Class 700 Desiro City train arrived in the United Kingdom (UK) at the newly constructed Three Bridges traincare facility near Crawley, West Sussex. The trains are set to transform passenger experience on the Thameslink rail routes when it rolls into action next year. Designed to provide much-needed extra capacity on the South-East's busy commuter routes. Passenger service will begin in spring 2016.

First Siemens-built Thameslink train arrives in London

On July 31, 2015, the first brand new Siemens-built Class 700 Desiro City train arrived in the United Kingdom (UK) at the newly constructed Three Bridges traincare facility near Crawley, West Sussex. The trains are set to transform passenger experience on the Thameslink rail routes when it rolls into action next year. Designed to provide much-needed extra capacity on the South-East's busy commuter routes. Passenger service will begin in spring 2016.

First Siemens-built Thameslink train arrives in London

On July 31, 2015, the first brand new Siemens-built Class 700 Desiro City train arrived in the United Kingdom (UK) at the newly constructed Three Bridges traincare facility near Crawley, West Sussex. The trains are set to transform passenger experience on the Thameslink rail routes when it rolls into action next year. Designed to provide much-needed extra capacity on the South-East's busy commuter routes. Passenger service will begin in spring 2016.

World premiere: British Secretary of State launches state-of-the-art train to be used on Thameslink route

The British Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, and Jochen Eickholt, CEO Siemens Rail Systems, alongside Cross London Trains and Govia Thameslink Railway Limited, today presented for the first time three completely assembled cars for the new Class 700 train, to be used as part the Thameslink project, at InnoTrans 2014.
The first Class 700 will run on the Bedford to Brighton line in early 2016. By the end of 2018, the Class 700s will run with high frequency through central London every two-three minutes at the busiest times. This equates to 24 trains per hour in each direction through the central core.

In the picture (l-r): Jochen Eickholt, CEO Siemens Division Rail Systems; Andy Pitt, Executive Chairman Cross London Trains; and Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport.

World premiere: British Secretary of State launches state-of-the-art train to be used on Thameslink route

The British Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, and Jochen Eickholt, CEO Siemens Rail Systems, alongside Cross London Trains and Govia Thameslink Railway Limited, today presented for the first time three completely assembled cars for the new Class 700 train, to be used as part the Thameslink project, at InnoTrans 2014.
The first Class 700 will run on the Bedford to Brighton line in early 2016. By the end of 2018, the Class 700s will run with high frequency through central London every two-three minutes at the busiest times. This equates to 24 trains per hour in each direction through the central core. 

In the picture (l-r): Jochen Eickholt, CEO Siemens Division Rail Systems; Andy Pitt, Executive Chairman Cross London Trains; and Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport.

World premiere: British Secretary of State launches state-of-the-art train to be used on Thameslink route

The British Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, and Jochen Eickholt, CEO Siemens Rail Systems, alongside Cross London Trains and Govia Thameslink Railway Limited, today presented for the first time three completely assembled cars for the new Class 700 train, to be used as part the Thameslink project, at InnoTrans 2014.
The first Class 700 will run on the Bedford to Brighton line in early 2016. By the end of 2018, the Class 700s will run with high frequency through central London every two-three minutes at the busiest times. This equates to 24 trains per hour in each direction through the central core. 

In the picture (l-r): Charles Horton, Chief Executive Officer of Govia Thameslink Railway Limited (GTR), which operates Thameslink and Great Northern services; Andy Pitt, Executive Chairman Cross London Trains; Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport; and Dr. Jochen Eickholt, CEO Siemens Division Rail Systems

Desiro City trains for the Thameslink route in London

World premiere: At this year's Innotrans, Siemens will unveil for the first time three completely assembled cars for the new Desiro City train for the Thameslink project. A mockup of this new Desiro train was already presented to the public in London in January of this year. These new Class 700 electric multiple units offer passengers a higher degree of comfort and the operator much more flexibility. They will improve the capacity and reliability of transport on one of the busiest line sections in Europe.
In June 2013, the Department for Transport in London placed an order with Siemens for the delivery of 1,140 cars. Siemens will start delivering these newly developed regional trains as of 2016 to the tune of approximately 1.6 billion pounds (around 1.8 billion euros). In addition, Siemens will be responsible for the long-term maintenance of the trains and is building two new depots for this purpose. This is the largest order that Siemens has ever won in Great Britain and one of the biggest orders for Siemens' global rolling stock business.

Desiro City trains for the Thameslink route in London

World premiere: At this year's Innotrans, Siemens will unveil for the first time three completely assembled cars for the new Desiro City train for the Thameslink project. A mockup of this new Desiro train was already presented to the public in London in January of this year. These new Class 700 electric multiple units offer passengers a higher degree of comfort and the operator much more flexibility. They will improve the capacity and reliability of transport on one of the busiest line sections in Europe. 
In June 2013, the Department for Transport in London placed an order with Siemens for the delivery of 1,140 cars. Siemens will start delivering these newly developed regional trains as of 2016 to the tune of approximately 1.6 billion pounds (around 1.8 billion euros). In addition, Siemens will be responsible for the long-term maintenance of the trains and is building two new depots for this purpose. This is the largest order that Siemens has ever won in Great Britain and one of the biggest orders for Siemens' global rolling stock business.

Desiro City trains for the Thameslink route in London

World premiere: At this year's Innotrans, Siemens will unveil for the first time three completely assembled cars for the new Desiro City train for the Thameslink project. A mockup of this new Desiro train was already presented to the public in London in January of this year. These new Class 700 electric multiple units offer passengers a higher degree of comfort and the operator much more flexibility. They will improve the capacity and reliability of transport on one of the busiest line sections in Europe. 
In June 2013, the Department for Transport in London placed an order with Siemens for the delivery of 1,140 cars. Siemens will start delivering these newly developed regional trains as of 2016 to the tune of approximately 1.6 billion pounds (around 1.8 billion euros). In addition, Siemens will be responsible for the long-term maintenance of the trains and is building two new depots for this purpose. This is the largest order that Siemens has ever won in Great Britain and one of the biggest orders for Siemens' global rolling stock business.

New state-of-the-art London passenger train Desiro City unveiled

The full-size mock-up of the state-of-the-art Desiro City train that will transform rail travel across London was unveiled by UK Rail Minister Stephen Hammond yesterday. 
The new electric Class 700 train will offer a much improved travel experience for passengers and alongside the wider infrastructure work will boost capacity and reliability across one of Europe's busiest stretches of railway. 
The trains have been designed specifically to meet the demands of the ambitious Thameslink infrastructure programme delivering high frequency, high capacity services. They will be more reliable and more energy efficient than existing rolling stock and their lightweight design will mean less wear and tear on the tracks, saving money in maintaining the network over the long term. 

In the picture (l-r): Steve Scrimshaw, CEO Siemens Rail Systems UK; Stephen Hammond, UK Rail Minister.

New state-of-the-art London passenger train Desiro City unveiled

The full-size mock-up of the state-of-the-art Desiro City train that will transform rail travel across London was unveiled by UK Rail Minister Stephen Hammond yesterday.
The new electric Class 700 train will offer a much improved travel experience for passengers and alongside the wider infrastructure work will boost capacity and reliability across one of Europe's busiest stretches of railway.
The trains have been designed specifically to meet the demands of the ambitious Thameslink infrastructure programme delivering high frequency, high capacity services. They will be more reliable and more energy efficient than existing rolling stock and their lightweight design will mean less wear and tear on the tracks, saving money in maintaining the network over the long term.

In the picture (l-r): Stephen Hammond, UK Rail Minister; Steve Scrimshaw, CEO Siemens Rail Systems UK.

New state-of-the-art London passenger train Desiro City unveiled

The full-size mock-up of the state-of-the-art Desiro City train that will transform rail travel across London was unveiled by UK Rail Minister Stephen Hammond yesterday. 
The new electric Class 700 train will offer a much improved travel experience for passengers and alongside the wider infrastructure work will boost capacity and reliability across one of Europe's busiest stretches of railway. 
The trains have been designed specifically to meet the demands of the ambitious Thameslink infrastructure programme delivering high frequency, high capacity services. They will be more reliable and more energy efficient than existing rolling stock and their lightweight design will mean less wear and tear on the tracks, saving money in maintaining the network over the long term. 

New state-of-the-art London passenger train Desiro City unveiled

The full-size mock-up of the state-of-the-art Desiro City train that will transform rail travel across London was unveiled by UK Rail Minister Stephen Hammond yesterday. 
The new electric Class 700 train will offer a much improved travel experience for passengers and alongside the wider infrastructure work will boost capacity and reliability across one of Europe's busiest stretches of railway. 
The trains have been designed specifically to meet the demands of the ambitious Thameslink infrastructure programme delivering high frequency, high capacity services. They will be more reliable and more energy efficient than existing rolling stock and their lightweight design will mean less wear and tear on the tracks, saving money in maintaining the network over the long term. 

In the picture (l-r): Andy Pitt, Executive Chairman of Cross London Trains; Stephen Hammond, UK Rail Minister; Siemens Rail Systems UK Managing Director Steve Scrimshaw.

New state-of-the-art London passenger train Desiro City unveiled

The full-size mock-up of the state-of-the-art Desiro City train that will transform rail travel across London was unveiled by UK Rail Minister Stephen Hammond yesterday. 
The new electric Class 700 train will offer a much improved travel experience for passengers and alongside the wider infrastructure work will boost capacity and reliability across one of Europe's busiest stretches of railway. 
The trains have been designed specifically to meet the demands of the ambitious Thameslink infrastructure programme delivering high frequency, high capacity services. They will be more reliable and more energy efficient than existing rolling stock and their lightweight design will mean less wear and tear on the tracks, saving money in maintaining the network over the long term. 

In the picture (l-r): Steve Scrimshaw, CEO Siemens Rail Systems UK; Stephen Hammond, UK Rail Minister.

Thameslink route through London: Siemens to deliver trains worth circa 1.8 billion euros

Siemens will deliver 1,140 commuter rail carriages to the British capital for a total of around 1.6 billion pounds (approximately 1.8 billion euros). In addition, Siemens will be responsible for the long-term maintenance of the fleet and overseeing construction of two new train maintenance depots. This is the largest order that Siemens has ever won in Great Britain and one of the biggest orders for Siemens’ global rolling stock business. The trains will be manufactured at the Siemens factory in Krefeld, Germany, and the first trains will enter service in 2016.
The Thameslink north-south commuter route runs through London, connecting Bed-ford, located to the north east of the capital, with Brighton, on the south coast. Introducing a high capacity, high frequency service of longer trains, extended platforms and new stations, the project is regarded as one of the largest rail infrastructure projects in the UK.

Thameslink route through London: Siemens to deliver trains worth circa 1.8 billion euros

Siemens will deliver 1,140 commuter rail carriages to the British capital for a total of around 1.6 billion pounds (approximately 1.8 billion euros). In addition, Siemens will be responsible for the long-term maintenance of the fleet and overseeing construction of two new train maintenance depots. This is the largest order that Siemens has ever won in Great Britain and one of the biggest orders for Siemens’ global rolling stock business. The trains will be manufactured at the Siemens factory in Krefeld, Germany, and the first trains will enter service in 2016. 
The Thameslink north-south commuter route runs through London, connecting Bed-ford, located to the north east of the capital, with Brighton, on the south coast. Introducing a high capacity, high frequency service of longer trains, extended platforms and new stations, the project is regarded as one of the largest rail infrastructure projects in the UK.

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First Siemens-built Thameslink train - Footage

On July 31, 2015, the first brand new Siemens-built Class 700 Desiro City train arrived in the United Kingdom (UK) at the newly constructed Three Bridges traincare facility near Crawley, West Sussex. Siemens and operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will now be undertaking an exhaustive testing programme. Passenger service will begin in spring 2016 on the Thameslink network between Bedford and Brighton and later on routes to and from Cambridge and Peterborough as well as to other destinations in Kent and Sussex.

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