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09.11.16

Thameslink Class 700 rolled out on suburban route

The new Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) Class 700 trains have passed another milestone as the first one began operating on the suburban Wimbledon and Sutton loop.

The eight-car Class 700 has been operating 11 services a day since 31 October, one of which is in the morning peak.

Many of the services run as far as St Albans and Luton, via stations such as Radlett and Elstree & Borehamwood.

Gerry McFadden, GTR’s engineering director, said: “I’m delighted that the first Thameslink train is now operating on the suburban route between Wimbledon, Sutton and St Albans and Luton.

“More will soon follow and we hope passengers enjoy the step change in travelling environment they provide.”

The Class 700s were built to meet the growing demand on GTR’s services. They have the capacity to carry up to 1,750 passengers, as well as wider doors and aisles and improved disability access.

Dave Hooper, Thameslink programme director for Siemens, which designed the trains, added that the Class 700s “are designed with the passenger in mind and we look forward to working closely with Thameslink to introduce more onto the route”.

(Image c. GTR)

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Andrew Gwilt   09/11/2016 at 09:32

Does that mean the 8-car Class 700's could be going to Wimbledon and Sutton and to start to/from Wimbledon and Sutton to St. Albans City and Luton as the 12-car Class 700's are already operating on Bedford-Three Bridges, Gatwick Airport and Brighton services. And that means the Class 319's could be replaced on the Wimbledon loop route as the Class 700 8-car trains will be operating on that route. And the 8-car Class 700's could also operate to Sevenoaks, South Bromley and Orpington that could also take over the Class 319's duties.

Andrew Gwilt   09/11/2016 at 09:38

As shown on the Londonist site. http://www.londonist.com/2016/10/five-things-we-ll-miss-about-thameslink-s-old-trains

Matthew Read   11/11/2016 at 11:32

How long will it be before they take over the Sevenoaks services then?

Andrew Gwilt   12/11/2016 at 00:04

Well it might be next year. And Thameslink could still use the Class 377/5's for those.

Andrew Gwilt   12/11/2016 at 00:06

services.

Kendra W   16/11/2016 at 15:41

These trains are the most uncomfortable trains I have ever sat on! All mod cons have been stripped (no tablets, no coat hooks, no plugs) Lots of space to stand but nearly no where to hold on too, extremely bright and sterile...

Michael Banks   28/11/2016 at 07:25

I get the Brighton to London train everyday, I can easily say that these new class 700 trains are terrible for a long journey! They were quite clearly designed by people who either do not commute or did not do any market research in to what rail users are looking for in a train. Journey time of 1:45hrs and no table, arm rest, plug, wifi, comfortable seat etc etc.... The seats are unconfortable and the leg room is either non existent or is taken up by the tapered sides meaning you have to sit at an angle..... They are truly terrible! I think GTR and Mr McFadden need to come on one of their trains for a long journey and see for themselves how much they have messed up! Rant over.

Michael Banks   28/11/2016 at 07:25

I get the Brighton to London train everyday, I can easily say that these new class 700 trains are terrible for a long journey! They were quite clearly designed by people who either do not commute or did not do any market research in to what rail users are looking for in a train. Journey time of 1:45hrs and no table, arm rest, plug, wifi, comfortable seat etc etc.... The seats are unconfortable and the leg room is either non existent or is taken up by the tapered sides meaning you have to sit at an angle..... They are truly terrible! I think GTR and Mr McFadden need to come on one of their trains for a long journey and see for themselves how much they have messed up! Rant over.

S Macdonald   05/01/2017 at 07:54

What liability will GTR have for Deep Vein Thrombosis caused by commitimg on these trains, please? A quick glance around the train shows that very few people sitting down are able to fit their legs in the small space alloted. I am light and get thrown around by these trains. With no arm rests to stop me being thrown out of my seat, can the GTR Board show that they have considered the increased risk of injury these trains offer, please? Aside from these points, who thought that a train with no overhead rack and less luggage space for about a third of the carriage was a good idea for travellers between Luton and Gatwick, let alone daily commuters each with a coat and at least one bag? As for tables- in the forward facing seats, the space is too cramped to be able to put a cup of coffee down safely on the floor (one cannot physically bend one's head out of the way to reach), if one sits in the window seat, so I have seen passengers spill hot coffee on each other because they were forced to hold it on their laps (there being no table to put it on, of course). All of these problems were easily foreseeable, so I would urge anyone who sustains injury on these trains to sue the Board of GTR.

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