Class 707s enter service on Windsor routes

Photo: South West Trains/ Sam Simpson.

The first two Class 707 EMUs have entered passenger service on the Windsor routes – a few days before the franchise is handed over to First/MTR.

Thirty five-car Desiro City trains will be deployed in total by the end of the year. However, they will only be in service for a limited time.

A fleet of 90 Aventra EMUs from Bombardier ordered by the new operator will replace the Class 707s, which will be stabled and maintained at the Wimbledon Traincare Depot, from the middle of 2019.

The Class 707 carriages feature a combination of 2+2 and 2+1 seating and represent a 15 per cent and 31 per cent increase on the capacity of the five-car Class 458/5s and four-car Class 455s respectively.

Photo: South West Trains/ Sam Simpson.

First/MTR takes over from Stagecoach as the operator of the South West main line route at 01.59 on August 20.

Stagecoach has issued a thank you to its staff for all their hard work over the 21 years the company has held the franchise.

Martin Griffiths, chief executive of Stagecoach Group, said: “I am very proud of the huge amount of work that’s been done over the past two decades to improve rail services for customers travelling with South West Trains.

“This is testament to the commitment of our 5,000-strong team of employees and the great partnership we have with Network Rail and other key suppliers. Collectively, they work hard day in, day out as one railway to deliver a great service to customers.”

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  1. As South Western Railway (formerly South West Trains) does not want the Class 707’s once the new Aventra trains are delivered and are in service operating on the Waterloo-Windsor & Eton Riverside and Reading services and Southwest London suburban services (that will be replacing the Class 455, Class 456 and Class 458 units).

    GTR “Govia Thameslink Railway” Southern might be able to use the Class 707’s to replace the Class 455 units on South London suburban services plus with toilets added if possible. Or Class 707’s to operate on Brighton-Southampton Central, Portsmouth Harbour, Portsmouth & Southsea, Havant, Littlehampton, Chichester, Ford and Bognor Regis West Coastway routes and Brighton-Lewis, Seaford, Eastbourne, Hastings and Ore East Coastway routes (replacing the 19 Class 313’s).

    Or Trenitalia c2c could use the Class 707’s on Fenchurch St-Shoeburyness, Southend Central, Laindon and Leigh-on-Sea semi-fast/stopper services as the Class 707’s have been tested with AC 25kv Overhead which could operate on these routes operated by c2c. And to transfer some of the Class 357’s on Fenchurch St-Grays via Rainham and Grays-Upminster services.

  2. Why not allow GTR Southern to use the Class 707’s so that they can replace the Class 455’s used on South London suburban services to/from London Bridge and London Victoria and maybe Siemens could also manufacture more Class 707’s if necessary if Southern are to order more new trains to replace the Class 313’s used on the West Coastway and East Coastway services to/From Brighton.

  3. Southern might agree to use the Class 707’s to replace the Class 455’s on suburban routes and could be used on London Victoria/London Bridge-Caterham, Cattenham Corner, South Croydon and West Croydon suburban routes with possibly more Class 707’s being built if Siemens allows Southern to use the Class 707’s and not feature toilets or to install new toilets on the Class 707’s for Southern to use them.


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