Following the initial introduction of Bombardier’s Class 710 electric trains between Gospel Oak and Barking in May 2019, these new London Overground trains have now started serving routes into London Liverpool Street.
Passengers using London Overground services from Cheshunt, Chingford and Enfield Town into London Liverpool Street (the Lea Valley Lines) have started seeing these new trains on their routes.
The Class 710 EMUs are walk-through trains with air-conditioning, USB ports, free wifi and real-time passenger information screens. They will also increase capacity by around 10 percent. Importantly, they also feature more wheelchair spaces to make them more accessible to all people.
Bombardier Transportation manufactured the electric trains, which are part of its Aventra family, at its site in Derby. They will now replace the oldest rolling stock on the London Overground network. In addition to the extra features for passengers, this upgrade will also make services more reliable.
Transport for London says the trains will run as four-car units, but at peak times during the morning and evening rush hours two trains can be connected to run as one eight-car formation. This will increase capacity even further when the network is at its most busy.
“I'm delighted that London Overground services into London Liverpool Street are now being served by new electric trains.
“These state-of-the-art trains will improve reliability, boost capacity and deliver a range of additional benefits to passengers including free Wi-Fi and real-time information screens.”
The new trains are being introduced to the network over time to ensure a smooth transition for passengers and to be certain they are operating correctly. The full order should be in passenger service by the end of June 2020.
“I am very pleased to see the first new Class 710 train launch on the commuter lines out of Liverpool Street.
“These trains have already been rolled out in other parts of London and it is good to see them coming to our area.
“The long-awaited replacement of the old and antiquated trains with a new, state-of-the-art electric fleet will provide greater capacity, a more comfortable journey and increase the number of wheelchair spaces.
“This will greatly benefit travellers across Enfield & Haringey.”
As part of its contract to manufacture the Class 710 commuter trains for the London Overground network, Bombardier Transportation will also maintain them for a period of 35 years.
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