South Western Railway has confirmed that the first Class 701 train has arrived at Wimbledon depot this week.
The arrival on Tuesday 30th June 2020 marked a significant milestone in the £1bn transformation of South Western Railway travel.
The 10-car train will be stabled at the depot over the coming weeks and will become the focus of training and testing to ensure the fleet are passenger-ready.
Neil Drury, SWR’s Engineering Director, said: “We’re delighted Wimbledon depot has received its first class 701 train. There will be many significant developments in this programme – this is one of them.
“Train 6 allows us to prepare our drivers, maintenance staff and other colleagues for a generational step-change in service performance, and ensure that the important components which define the experience of travelling on these new trains are ready before the fleet’s eventual introduction.”
All the current fleet of Class 455, 456, 458 and 707 trains will be replaced over a two year period by new trains.
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