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27 Sep 2021

Brighter, fresher, smarter new City Beam trains enter service in South East London and North Kent

Brighter, fresher, smarter new City Beam trains enter service in South East London and North Kent: Class 707 Cannon Street

  • Monday 27th September: City Beam trains start passenger services today on routes between London, Dartford, Hayes and Sevenoaks 
  • Brighter, fresher more open and accessible interiors, including two wheelchair spaces for every five carriages, larger windows, air-conditioning, WiFi and plug sockets. 

From Monday 27th September, City Beam trains, new to Southeastern, will enter service on routes between London, Dartford, Hayes and Sevenoaks. 

The 30 City Beam trains will all feature bright information screens showing the space available in each carriage, larger windows, air-conditioning, WiFi and charging points, bringing an improved passenger experience to Southeastern passengers. 

The first City Beam trains enter passenger services today, with the remaining trains being introduced by Spring 2022. 

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: 

“The rollout of City Beam trains will mean more modern, accessible and comfortable journeys for passengers across south-east London and north Kent.  

“As we build back better from Covid-19 we are seeing upgrades across the rail network that is making rail travel even smoother, cleaner and greener.” 

David Statham, Managing Director for Southeastern, said: 

“We are pleased to introduce these trains on our busiest London area routes after many months of hard work from Southeastern and Network Rail colleagues, as well as our suppliers and industry partners, Angel Trains and Siemens Mobility. Getting the trains safety approved, tracks and stations checked, and drivers and colleagues trained, has been a real team effort.  

“Our focus is always on improving the service for our passengers, and we are confident that these new trains will make a huge difference over the coming months, as we progressively introduce more of the trains into service.” 

Contact information

Southeastern Press Office

0330 095 9091

Notes to editors

The ‘City Beam’ – as the new fleet will be branded – derives its name from the train’s heritage (known as the ‘Desiro City’ by the manufacturer, Siemens) and highlights the fact that for the most part, they'll be delivering passengers across the capital.  

The ‘beam’ part of the name reflects what the trains will offer – and, as there are no carriage doors, there'll be an uninterrupted view from one end to the other, making it like a ray or beam of light in motion. 

For further information contact: 

Southeastern Press Office 

0330 095 9091  

About Southeastern: 

Southeastern runs train services into London from Kent and East Sussex, operating over 2,000 trains a day, carrying more than 640,000 passengers, serving 176 stations and covering 540 miles of track. 

Southeastern is owned by Govia, a joint venture between the Go-Ahead Group (65 per cent) and Keolis (35 per cent). Govia is the most enduring partnership between transport operators delivering rail franchises in this country. It is the UK’s busiest rail operator, responsible for 28.7 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its four rail companies, Southern, Southeastern and Govia Thameslink Railway. Further information on Govia is available at:  

Go-Ahead Group plc is one of the UK's leading providers of passenger transport services operating in the bus, rail and aviation services sectors. 

Keolis is a French-based operator of transport services in 13 countries worldwide and is owned by SNCF, AXA Private Equity, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and Keolis management. 


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