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First Siemens Class 700 arrives in UK

The first Class 700 Desiro City for Thameslink has arrived in the UK. Built in Krefeld (Germany), 12-car 700106 was delivered to Three Bridges depot in the early hours of today (July 31).

It will enter traffic in spring 2016 with Govia Thameslink Railway.

Testing will be carried out before it enters traffic on Bedford-Brighton trains.

Rail Minister Claire Perry said: “The arrival of this first train is a huge step forward for the Government-sponsored Thameslink programme, which is creating thousands of jobs across the country and is a vital part of our long-term economic plan.”
The trains feature intelligent air-conditioning, wide doors and open through-carriages that contribute to a more accessible and comfortable passenger experience. 

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 31/07/2015 23:51

    The new Desiro City Class 700 for Thameslink with all of the Class 700's to be delivered during this year and next year to start operating services late next year or in early 2017.

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  • Chris - 03/08/2015 22:25

    "comfortable passenger experience" - who is she trying to kid? - has she sat on one of the rock hard Fainsa seats in Standard?

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  • Ken Baldwin - 01/09/2015 11:49

    I would have thought it was obvious that the only huge step will be taken is when they are carrying fare-paying passengers and on-train catering is provided now that the aisles have been widened!

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