115 all-new Siemens Class 700 Desiro City trains were commissioned for train operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and train owner Cross London Trains. The last train rolled off Siemens’ Krefeld factory production line on 8 March 2018 and was commissioned to be made available for service in the summer of 2018. This was to support GTR’s timetable changes which happened in May 2018, December 2018 and are scheduled for May 2019 and December 2019.
The train itself was developed specifically for the Thameslink Programme and was the world’s first ‘second generation’ fully digitally-enabled train in passenger service. The Class 700 was also the first mainline train to successfully use Automatic Train Operation (ATO) and the European Train Control System (ETCS) to increase capacity across London.
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