As part of our improvement for Great Northern passengers 25 6-car Class 717 trains have been 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
- 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.
Operational testing has continued over the New Year period. You can expect to see more test trains in passenger service daily from Monday 21 January (Monday-Friday). Building up to the first train being introduced in February.
From Monday 11 February the following preview services will appear on customer information screens:
- 10:37 Moorgate calling at Highbury & Islington, Drayton Park, Finsbury Park, Alexandra Palace, Bowes Park, Palmers Green, Winchmore Hill, Grange Park, Enfield Chase, Gordon Hill
- 14:37 Moorgate calling at Highbury & Islington, Drayton Park, Finsbury Park, Alexandra Palace, Bowes Park, Palmers Green, Winchmore Hill, Grange Park, Enfield Chase, Gordon Hill
We have the drivers and engineering teams in place and ready to go to support this introduction, and additional resource training is continuing.
*Wi-fi will be available on services except between Drayton Park & Moorgate. There is not currently the telecom infrastructure to support Wi-fi at these sub-surface stations.