As part of our improvement for Great Northern passengers 25 6-car Class 717 trains are currently being built and tested in Germany by Siemens. The trains will replace all the current 40-year old Class 313 trains running in and out of Moorgate, provider greater capacity and improved reliability for passengers.
The new trains will double capacity on some services and feature the latest passenger technology. Benefits include:
- 2-by-2 seating
- customer information screens with live updates from London Underground and be able to tell you which parts of the train is less busy
- Power sockets
The trains have been designed for people to board and alight quickly with wider doors, large stand-back areas and wide aisles, helping us to keep trains running on time.
They have the latest accessibility features; includes more visible grab handles and wheelchair spaces with clear markings on the carriage exteriors.
The first trains have started to arrive in the UK and have begun testing on the network, so you may catch sight of them out and about. The first train into passenger service in the autumn. Look out for more updates via our twitter account @gnrailuk.