Govia Thameslink Railway withdrew its Class 313s from Great Northern suburban services into Moorgate at the end of September. The 44×3-car fleet, owned by Eversholt Rail, was one of the oldest in the UK. A charity special will operate on 23 October to mark the end of the fleet’s service.
The class’s withdrawal on Great Northern services has been made possible by the arrival of 25×6-car Class 717 units, built by Siemens and financed by Rock Rail. The new fleet is maintained by GTR’s engineering team at Hornsey depot in north London, with £5 million spent on modifications at the depot to accommodate the new trains.
Since September 2014 GTR has introduced four new fleets of trains, with more than 1,500 carriages brought into the franchise and almost 900 cascaded out.