First Class 313 is sent for scrap as ‘717’ use increases

First Class 313 is sent for scrap as ‘717’ use increases

GOVIA Thameslink sent its first Great Northern route Class 313 for scrap on April 8.  

Angel Trains-owned set No. 313026 was dispatched to Sims Metals Newport behind DRS Class 57 No. 57312 on long-term hire to Rail Operations Group.

The following day, set No. 313050 was sent to C F Booth for disposal, with a third set – No. 313055 – going to EMR Kingsbury on April 10.

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Class 313 No. 313026 passing Swindon on its way to Newport for scrap on April 8. DARREN FORD

Govia introduced a third Class 717 diagram to passenger services from April 8, and two further sets from April 15 took the number to five.

A total of 43 three-car Class 313 units are being replaced by 25 of the six-car Siemens-built.

A Govia spokesman said all Class 717s would be in service by the autumn, but there was no specific timetable.

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