Delayed Aventras start running on London Overground Delayed Aventras start running on London Overground

New trains whose launch on London Overground has been delayed for a year by technical problems are set to carry passengers for the first time. Class 710 Bombardier Aventra trains are expected to enter service today between Gospel Oak and Barking, and the arrival of the first two units will allow the frequency of trains on the route to be increased. Another six are expected soon. The line itself was electrified a couple of years ago, but the Class 710s were paralysed by a series of software problems. The former Class 172 diesel sets on the line were withdrawn for service with West Midlands Trains a few months ago, because Transport for London had been expecting the new trains by June 2018 at the latest and so allowed the diesel leases to expire. A skeleton service has been running since then.

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