Long-awaited debut: No 710261 arrives at Harringay Green Lanes with the 13.05 Gospel Oak – Barking service on 23 May, the first day in passenger service for the Bombardier Aventras. Antony Guppy

Transport for London introduced two four-car Class 710 Aventra EMUs, built by Bombardier, into passenger service on the Gospel Oak to Barking line (GOBLIN) on 23 May. The ‘710s’ are over a year late entering passenger service following various software issues. Office of Rail and Road approval for the trains to carry passengers was received in early April, with subsequent software modifications and sufficient progress with the driver training programme enabling the two trains to enter service.

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