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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.

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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