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.
Since the autumn we have been undertaking operational testing of our new Class 717 trains, due to run on Great Northern services in and out of Moorgate.
The purpose of this testing is to ensure we are satisfied that they can operate safely and reliably on our network before introduction.
Since 10 December we have over 200 services across Thameslink and Great Northern routes, requiring 10 additional Class 700 trains in service on a daily basis. Siemens and our engineering team are focusing on delivering this essential requirement to support the timetable change.
We are continuing our operational testing of the Class 717 units and hope to begin their introduction into passenger service in the New Year. Look out for more updates via our twitter account @gnrailuk.