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Class 710 testing due to move to the main line

Main line testing of London Overground Class 710s is set to begin at the end of this month.

Bombardier spokesman Will Tanner told RAIL that extensive testing has been carried out on six dual-voltage Class 710/2s at Willesden, ahead of their introduction. This work has focused on maintenance training and familiarisation.

When the first set was launched in June, it was announced that the four-car dual-voltage electric multiple units would enter traffic on the Gospel Oak-Barking route from November. However, the line’s user group had raised concern at the lack of ‘710s’ on the main line while LO 172002 had moved to Tyseley for assessment.

LO’s fleet of eight two-car Class 172 diesel multiple units will move to West Midlands Trains, but only when the ‘710s’ are introduced.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 25/09/2018 02:24

    I think that the Class 710 will begin service in November. Unless they might enter service bit earlier on some lines such as Lea Valley Lines (Liverpool St-Cheshunt, Chingford and Enfield Town, Romford-Upminster and Euston-Watford Junction services before they start operating in November on the Gospel Oak-Barking Line that will replace the Class 172 to West Midlands Trains. As some of the Class 172 have already been transferred to WM Trains. And to operate them on Coventry-Leamington Spa and Coventry-Nuneaton services.

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    • Nispie Oxhey - 01/10/2018 17:59

      Yah, nice trains, 4 coaches much better than 2, maybe they need 5 coach soon?

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    • rukun - 12/11/2018 06:34

      it is really frustrating to commute in the overground train between barking and gospel ock. The overcrowding is unbearable.

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