The first South Western Railway Class 701 train has arrived on the network ahead of a test programme which will start next week.
The near-£1bn fleet of new trains will be a 90-strong fleet, and the first one is now stabled at Eastleigh before beginning the testing programme to gain Office for Rail and Road certification.
The 10-car train will have its new systems assessed, including new communication systems, new toilets, new doors and regenerative braking.
GB Railfreight hauled the train for nearly 200 miles from Derby in a 400m convoy with brake units to make sure the train was safe.
The convoy passed Brentford, Staines, Virginia Water and other stations before being stabled at Eastleigh.
More Class 701 trains for South Western Railway are expected to arrive in the coming weeks and months from Bombardier.
Alex Foulds, SWR’s Commercial Projects Director, said: “I’m delighted to see us achieving another major milestone. The programme is gathering pace, and we’re entering an important phase of the project as we begin real-world testing on our network ahead of the trains entering passenger service later this year. We’ve been working hard with Bombardier to ensure that these trains are fit and ready to transform journeys for suburban passengers.”
Will Tanner, Bombardier’s Director of Communications, said: “We are delighted to see the first of these British-designed and built trains leave the factory at Derby. It has been a great team effort by all involved. Network testing can now begin on these cutting-edge trains, which is another important step towards passenger service.”
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