Siemens launched state-of-the-art train to be used on Thameslink route

Desiro-City-Züge für Thameslink-Strecke in London / Desiro City trains for the Thameslink route in LondonAt this year’s Innotrans, Siemens unveiled for the first time three completely assembled cars for the new Desiro City train for the Thameslink project. These new Class 700 electric multiple units offer passengers a higher degree of comfort and the operator much more flexibility. They will improve the capacity and reliability of transport on one of the busiest line sections in Europe.
The new electric Class 700 train will offer a much improved travel comfort for passengers and alongside the wider infrastructure work will boost capacity and reliability across one of Europe’s busiest stretches of railway. The Class 700 trains are approximately 25% lighter than previous generations, and are up to 50% more energy efficient.
The first Class 700 will run on the Bedford to Brighton line in early 2016. By the end of 2018, the Class 700s will run with high frequency through central London every two-three minutes at the busiest times. This equates to 24 trains per hour in each direction through the central core.

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