British Rail Class 701

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British Rail Class 701 Aventra
South Western Railway Aventra.png
Artist's impression
ManufacturerBombardier Transportation
Built atDerby Litchurch Lane Works
Family nameAventra
Replaced
Number under construction90 sets
Formation5 or 10 carriages per set
Fleet numbers701001 - 701060
701501 - 701530
Capacity701/0: 556 seats, 740 standing[1]
701/5: 269 seats, 330 standing[1]
Operator(s)South Western Railway
Depot(s)Wimbledon
Line(s) servedReading, Windsor & South West London suburban.
Specifications
DoorsPlug, 2 sets of doors per carriage
Maximum speed100 mph (160 kmh)
Electric system(s)750 V DC third rail
Current collection methodContact shoe
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The British Rail Class 701[2] is a class of Aventra electric multiple units being built for South Western Railway by Bombardier Transportation's Derby Litchurch Lane Works. They are due to enter service in mid 2020 on the Reading, Windsor and South West London suburban lines.[3][4]

History[edit]

In March 2017, South Western Railway (SWR) was awarded the South Western franchise with a commitment to introduce 750 new carriages.[5][6][7] In June 2017, SWR awarded a contract to Bombardier Transportation for 90 Aventra DC EMUs, with 60 ten-car and 30 five-car trains to be introduced from 2019.[8][9] These new trains will eventually replace all of SWR's Class 455, 456, 458 and 707 fleets.[10] Initially classified as Class 705 (5-car) and Class 711 (10-car), the units were subsequently given the number Class 701 with 701/0 for the 10-car sets and 701/5 for the 5 car sets.[1]

Maintenance[edit]

The Class 701s will be maintained at Wimbledon depot.[9]

Features[edit]

The Class 701 will feature regenerative braking, wide gangways between coaches, wide doors for ease and efficiency of boarding and alighting, 2+2 standard class seating arrangement, Wi-Fi and at-seat USB charging points, as well as real-time passenger information screens, air conditioning and accessible toilets for disabled passengers.[9]

Fleet details[edit]

Class Operator No. built Year built Cars per set Unit nos. Routes served
701/0[11] South Western Railway 60 2019- 10 701001 - 701060 Reading, Windsor & South West

London suburban

701/5[11] 30 5 701501 - 701530

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Britain's New Trains". Britain's New Trains (1): 39. 16 December 2018.
  2. ^ Clinnick, Richard (6 September 2017). "Class 707s enter traffic with South Western Railway". Rail. Bauer Media. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  3. ^ https://www.southwesternrailway.com/travelling-with-us/our-trains/class-701-aventra
  4. ^ https://www.railmagazine.com/news/network/south-western-railway-s-895-million-aventra-unveiled-but-entry-delayed-to-2020
  5. ^ "First, MTR beat Stagecoach to win South West Trains". Rail News. 27 March 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  6. ^ "RMT slams 'crazy' First MTR decision to drop new £200m SWT trains". Rail Technology Magazine. 31 March 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  7. ^ Clifton, Paul (30 March 2017). "New trains 'dumped' by South Western franchise winner". BBC News. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  8. ^ "First, MTR unveil new trains for South Western". Rail News. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  9. ^ a b c "Bombardier to supply 750 EMU cars for South Western franchise". Railway Gazette. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  10. ^ Clinnick, Richard (20 June 2017). "Bombardier wins South Western Aventra contract". Rail Magazine. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Rolling Stock Orders". AB Rail. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2017.