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Class 707s enter traffic with South Western Railway

On September 5, South West Trains 458531 and 707004 stand at London Waterloo. JULIAN GAJEWSKI.

South Western Railway Class 707s have finally entered traffic on booked traffic. The five-car Desiro City electric multiple units made their peak-time debut on September 5, when 707004 and 707006 began running trains between London Waterloo and Windsor & Eton Riverside.

The ‘707s’ were ordered by South West Trains in September 2014 as part of a Government plan to increase capacity on the SWT network. Costing £210 million and funded by Angel Trains, the first ‘707’ was unveiled in Germany last year, but only ten of the 30 have so far been delivered. One pair operated one train for SWT on August 17, but this was their first booked regular work. A second pair will enter traffic on September 25. They will leave the SWR franchise when new Class 701 Aventras are delivered.

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  • Martin - 06/09/2017 10:46

    They won't leave the SWR franchise when Class 720 Aventras are delivered, because those are for Anglia! Perhaps you meant Class 701 Aventras?

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 09/09/2017 03:48

    Could Southern might use the Class 707's if they want to replace the Class 455's and to transfer the Class 707's over to Southern.

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  • christopher - 09/12/2019 16:08

    we want brand new trains for the south coast not scound hand ones

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