The other day we got some details about some new trains that are heading to the London Underground's Piccadilly line in 2023, but today we have a glimpse at something coming a little bit sooner. Newly upgraded Overground trains that'll enter service this November.
74 new 'Class 710' will go into service, starting with the Gospel Oak to Barking Line in November, with an improved walk-through design that can hold 700 passengers at a time - almost double the capacity of the rolling stock it's replacing. But it's not just about the numbers, important as they may be. These new trains also come with onboard Wi-Fi and USB charging ports - so you can't be arrested for 'abstracting electricity' by an overzealous community support officer anymore.
The carriages also have some digital enhancements, with better information and real time travel alerts for those inside. The Metro train I used on the way to MWC in Barcelona also had a sign that showed you how far you were from the next station, which TfL should probably take note of. Saves people bundling up their belongings and standing by the door looking like a pillock for 10 minutes while the train trundles along at what feels like the pace of a stoned turtle.
The initial rollout will feature eight trains on the Gospel Oak/Barking line, followed by additions to the Watford to Euston route, Liverpool Street to Cheshunt, Chingford, and Enfield Town. They'll also be used on the Barking Riverside extension once it opens in 2021. [Standard]