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Modernised depot to transform Great Northern rail services


Great Northern passengers are set to see a transformation in rail services with the completion of an enlarged, modernised train depot in north London, which is now one of the biggest in the UK. The new state-of-the-art maintenance building was built by Siemens using main contractor VolkerFitzpatrick (VolkerWessels).


Centre of excellence

Hornsey will become a centre of excellence for apprenticeship schemes run there by both GTR and Siemens. Up to 20 apprentices will be trained there (by GTR and Siemens) a year in the maintenance and servicing of a range of over six classes of trains.

Modern trains

Hornsey now boasts a maintenance building with large new sidings and improved servicing for the following additional modern trains which Great Northern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will run:

  • Class 387 trains for Great Northern services between London King’s Cross and Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn (entering service now)
  • Class 700 trains for new Thameslink services across London to the south from many Great Northern stations between the capital and Peterborough and Cambridge (trains arrive on Great Northern in 2017 and begin running as Thameslink in 2018)
  • Class 717 trains for Great Northern suburban services from Welwyn Garden City, Hertford and Stevenage to and from Moorgate in the City of London (arriving late 2018)


 All the trains will have air-conditioning, the latest passenger information systems, wheelchair accessible toilets and other features for passengers with disabilities.

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