A new signalling system has been installed at Hornsey as the Siemens depot prepares to open this summer.
The depot will be used to maintain the Class 700 fleet currently being delivered by Siemens for the Thameslink network.
Work over the bank holiday weekend included installing the fully integrated signalling system and depot personnel protection system (DPPS).
While the depot has been constructed to the north of the existing facility, Govia Thameslink Railway continued using the original depot throughout the weekend.
The DPPS provides performance monitoring software enabling maintenance staff to remotely monitor the status of the depot roads and plain maintenance tasks and train movements effectively.
Govia Thameslink Railway Depots and Infrastructure Delivery Manager Wendy Robertson said: “The work involved more than the physical changes to the depot; GTR has had to establish new ways of working for the depot and for drivers, a task which involved many different teams from across the company.”
The new depot also features increased stabling capacity, an integrated systems control room, new roads with controlled emission toilet facilities, a new maintenance building and two train washers that use reclaimed water.
The existing wheel lathe has been modified, with it now working faster and its configuration catering for the Class 700s that will be based there.