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The UK puts into operation first Alstom Arterio EMUs

18 January 2024
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The Aventra Arterio EMU by Alstom in London
The Aventra Arterio EMU by Alstom in London. Source: Richard Smith/X
Ivolgina Anna, Editorial Contributor to International Projects, ROLLINGSTOCK Agency
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Stolchnev Alexey, Russian Projects Editor, ROLLINGSTOCK Agency

UK: Two ten-car Class 701 Aventra trains came into service between London and Windsor.

Their launch had been scheduled for 2019 but was several times postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and technical problems.

Acquired by Alstom in 2021, Bombardier Transportation was ordered 60 ten-car Class 701/0 and 30 five-car Class 701/5 trains in 2017. The passenger operator South Western Railway expects them to go into public service within two years.

Inside the Aventra Arterio EMU by Alstom Inside the Aventra Arterio EMU by Alstom. Source: Richard Smith/X

The vehicles are assembled at the plant in Derby, UK. While Class 701/0 EMUs can fit 1,032 passengers, with 556 seats, Class 701/5 trains can accommodate 635 passengers, with 274 seats. The rolling stock can reach speeds of up to 160 km/h with a starting acceleration of 0.7 m/s2. The trains are fully walk-through, with several bays for wheelchairs and bikes as well as bioreactor toilets.

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