More Class 345s completed ready for Crossrail duty

TfL Rail 345020 arrives at London Paddington on February 23, with a test train from Maidenhead. It is one of the first nine-car Class 345s delivered, and is based at Old Oak Common for testing. EIKI SEKINE.

Production of the initial order of 65 Class 345s for Crossrail is progressing, Bombardier told RAIL on February 28.

The manufacturer said that of the initial order of 65 trains for Crossrail, 35 had been completed, with more in production.

While Transport for London (TfL) publicly states that the deal is for 66 trains, Bombardier has only received an order so far for 65, although it is expected that will increase to at least 66 and probably 70. Last year, TfL extended the deal by another four trains.

Tanner said that the first two full-length nine-car electric multiple units had been delivered, with 345020 being used for testing between London Paddington and Maidenhead (RAIL 847), and 345021 being used to test Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) on the central section.

From March 1, two full-length ‘345s’ are due to be based at Old Oak Common (345020 and 345029), with more to follow.

Meanwhile, there are currently 13 seven-car Class 345s at Ilford for passenger duties, with 345005-017 available. Bombardier spokesman Will Tanner told RAIL that 345013 was accepted for service on February 28. Tanner said a further two seven-car sets are due by the end of March. 

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 05/03/2018 15:32

    9-Car Class 345’s will also be operating on the Liverpool St-Shenfield Route once the platform extensions at stations in East London including Ilford and Romford that will be completed to allow 9-Car trains to stop at those stations.

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 05/03/2018 15:34

    Plus stations including West Ealing, Hanwell and Southall will also be upgraded with platforms being extended and Hanwell already having upgrades as part of the Elizabeth Line when it opens.

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