London Overground electric trains have entered service, transport for London (TfL) has confirmed.
The new four-car Class 710 electric trains have been approved and are now in service for passengers on the Gospel Oak to Barking line.
Bringing the two trains into service initially – with more to follow – is the first step on returning this busy north London service to four trains per hour.
Greater capacity will be enjoyed by passengers through these London Overground electric trains, which have the ability to carry approximately 700 people.
This doubles the capacity of the previous diesel trains operating on the line, and reliability will also be improved as a result.
Critically, the introduction of the London Overground electric trains will make for much better quality of air, and ultimately will help the environment.
With schemes such as this, TfL is ensuring that its rail sector also joins in the fight against pollution and seeks to decarbonise its fleet; reduced pollution is being tackled through the Ultra Low Emission Zone in London, so the policy of ensuring greater air quality and public health is one that is being enacted across the board in the capital’s transport strategy.
Heidi Allexander, Deputy Mayor of Transport, said: “When I wrote to Bombardier earlier this year, I made our frustrations at the delay clear, so I am pleased that the first two new trains will be in operation, and the full timetable will be restored as soon as possible.”
Passengers, business users and other interested stakeholders will be able to benefit from carriages with the latest intelligent lighting and temperature control for more comfortable journeys.
In addition, wifi, USB charging points and digital information screens will be available in the trains, providing customers with real time travel information on board the new trains.
This particular line will benefit from eight of these state-of-the-art trains.