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Registered in the UK and supporting 3,000 jobs either with the business or in the supply chain, the company is, however, 55% owned by SNCF (French state rail), 40% by CDPQ/Hermes and 5% by SNCB (Belgian state railways).
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Network Rail tests ETCS on Class 700 on 'Core' Thameslink route

GTR 700110 at London Blackfriars. NETWORK RAIL.

The first trial of European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 signalling between London St Pancras and Blackfriars with a Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) Class 700 electric multiple unit took place overnight on July 30/31.

The central section of the Thameslink route will use ETCS to provide Automatic Train Operation (ATO) from 2018 - the first time in the world the concept has been used.

GTR 700110 was the train involved in the test, and further trials will continue in September when ATO is tested on the route for the first time. Network Rail’s Class 313 test train has already operated over the route to test lineside equipment.

ATO is vital if Network Rail is to deliver the promised 24 trains per hour in the core section of the route. The test of a Class 700 is the next stage in proving the infrastructure ahead of full introduction to service in 2018. Network Rail’s test programme will last 16 months.

  • For more on this, read RAIL 807, published on August 17.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 09/08/2016 01:20

    Some of the Class 700 have been tested on the Hertford North Loop Line and could also see Class 717's being tested before the Class 717's are to be operated between Moorgate and Stevenage & Hertford North next year.

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  • Jon B - 09/08/2016 12:32

    There was a 700 in service on Three Bridges route yesterday evening

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  • BigTone - 11/08/2016 23:41

    I just hope the ETCS works properly as there is not much room for errors

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