Siemens has delivered the first Class 707 train for operator South West Trains to Clapham to undergo a final phase of testing.
Two five-car trains will begin testing in January in anticipation of the start of passenger service in April.
Like the new Thameslink fleet, the Class 707 is based on the Desiro City platform. Unlike the Class 700s, the EMUs for South West Trains aren’t being supplied with Automatic Train Operation (ATO). They will, however, have a free open Wi-Fi network for passengers.
Although testing has already been carried out at Siemens’ factory in Krefeld and the Wildenrath test track, a final test phase is required on the South West Trains network.
Christian Roth, managing director of South West Trains, said: “It is fantastic to see the first of our new trains arrive on our network.
“They are a vital part of the Waterloo & South West Upgrade, which will provide a 30 per cent increase in capacity for passengers during the busiest times of the day.”
All 30 trains of the fleet are due to be in service by November 2017. A major upgrade of Waterloo station is being carried out alongside the introduction of the new fleet.
Network Rail is reinstating platforms 20 to 24 of the former Waterloo International Terminal and extending platforms one to four to accomodate 10-car trains.