Electric class 700 train unveiled: Train built for the Thameslink route through London

The Electric Class 700 is being built for the Thameslink route through London, with the first new trains due to begin operating in 2016

A new train which will “transform” rail travel on one of the country’s busiest routes was unveiled today, with pledges of increased reliability and energy efficiency.

The electric Class 700 is being built for the Thameslink route through London, with the first new trains due to begin operating in 2016.

Siemens is building the 1,140 carriages in Germany, but said up to 2,000 jobs will be created in the UK supply chain, including component manufacturing, maintenance and new depots.

A further 3,000 workers are expected to be employed as part of wider Thameslink infrastructure works. The government said its £6.5 billion Thameslink programme will offer improvements for passengers and increased capacity and reliability across one of Europe’s busiest stretches of railway, including more seats through central London, more frequent services from St Albans and more carriages into London Bridge.

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