SWR Class 701 Deliveries

SWR Class 701 Aventra Delivery Notes

The first South Western Railway class 701 train was delivered to Eastleigh Works on 10th June, 2020. The new “Aventra” family of electric multiple units are being built by Bombardier at Derby Litchurch Lane and will be maintained at their home depots of Wimbledon and Feltham depots (Feltham still in construction as of June 2020).

The new units are set to replace a wide range of SWR rolling stock from the south west London metro area, this includes replacing:

  • Class 455s
  • Class 456s (taken over from Southern in 2014)
  • Class 458 (reconstructed from Gatwick Express 460s and the previous 458 fleet)
  • Class 707, which are planned to move to Southeastern

There are two sub class designations in the numbering system of the Aventra class 701 EMUs. These are:

  • Class 701/0 – the 10 car fixed formation. 60 being constructed.
  • Class 701/5 – 5 car fixed formation. 30 being constructed. Presumably the lack of train end gangways means they can’t work in multiple?

Due to work on the Reading, Windsor and South West London services, they were originally due to enter service Mid 2020, however COVID19 halted their construction for several months, so it is therefore likely this entry date is no longer confirmed.

The units are being delivered to Eastleigh Works at present. Before entry into service the new class 701s will work mileage accumulation runs, even as far as Horsham.

This list will keep a log of the delivery dates of the SWR class 701 units, along with their delivery location after coming from Derby, and the locomotives that hauled it.

Class 701 Delivery Log

701001
701002 - Arrived Eastleigh 10/06/20 (66740/66745)
701003
701004 - Arrived Wimbledon 30/06/20 (66775/66745)
701005
701006
701007
701008
701009
701010
701011
701012
701013
701014
701015
701016
701017
701018
701019
701020
701021
701022
701023
701024
701025
701026
701027
701028
701030
701031
701032
701033
701034
701035
701036
701037
701038
701039
701040
701041
701042
701043
701044
701045
701046
701047
701048
701049
701050
701051
701052
701053
701054
701055
701056
701057
701058
701059
701060

701501
701502
701503
701504
701505
701506
701507
701508
701509
701510
701511
701512
701513
701514
701515
701516
701517
701518
701519
701520
701521
701522
701523
701524
701525
701526
701527
701528
701529
701530

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