The trains feature intelligent air conditioning, wide doors and open through-carriages which contribute to a more accessible and comfortable passenger experience. They will also bring the following benefits to commuters in 2018 in the morning three-hour peak:
- Over double the number of carriages, providing 80% more peak seats across central London (between Blackfriars and St Pancras)
- 60% increase in carriages and over 50% more seats from St Albans to London
- Additional trains from Gatwick Airport with over 50% more running across central London between Blackfriars and St Pancras, with four trains an hour continuing to Peterborough and Cambridge
- 1,000 extra seats from Brighton
- 15% more seats from stations along the line from Peterborough and Cambridge.
In welcoming the new trains, GTR's Programme Director Keith Wallace said:
"The new Class 700 trains will bring many changes and benefits to our passengers - from more frequent services on longer trains, to greater capacity, easier access, better on-board information, and an altogether better train environment. We're looking forward to our passengers seeing them in service next spring."
"I am delighted to see the first Class 700 train arriving in the UK in what is another significant project milestone. The next few months will see a series of tests completed before the train takes its first outing in passenger service on the UK rail network – another step forward in ensuring the train is completely ready for passengers," added Andy Pitt, Executive Chairman of train owners Cross London Trains (XLT).
The delivery of this first train is part of the Government-sponsored Thameslink Programme of infrastructure improvements and new trains to transform north-south travel through London, reduce crowding, increase capacity and improve reliability on one of the busiest routes in the UK.
You will find this press release, press photos and other material on this topic at: www.siemens.com/press/thameslink
Further information on the Mobility Division is available at www.siemens.com/mobility