Brand new longer trains have today (Tuesday 21 January) gone into passenger service on Greater Anglia’s Sudbury-Marks Tey route.
This means the completion of all lines upgraded to trains being Bi-Modal (Diesel and Electric)
The 05.30 service from Sudbury to Marks Tey was the first to operate with a brand new longer three-carriage train. An improvement on a 2 car diesel train.
Made by Swiss manufacturer, Stadler, these new trains are equipped with free Wi-Fi, more seats per carriage, Passenger Information Screens, giving useful information about the stations and connections.
A step-bridge, allowing customers to safely disembark platforms where the gap is larger than normal.
The new trains are more eco-friendly, designed to produce as little waste as possible.
Greater Anglia this month started running the first of its new intercity trains on the Norwich-London route. By Easter all its old intercity trains will have been replaced with brand new trains, also made by Stadler. These 111 new trains will change travel in and out of London towards Essex and Norfolk.
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What did the officials say?
Ian McConnell, Greater Anglia franchise and programme director, said:
“The first of our new trains went into passenger service in July on our Norwich-Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft routes.
“Today is an important milestone in the rollout of our bi-mode trains which are replacing our old diesel trains, as it’s the tenth and final route where we are starting to run our new bi-mode trains in passenger service.
“Over coming weeks, the transition to all new trains will be complete on Greater Anglia’s diesel rural routes.
“The new trains are longer and equipped with everything a 21st century rail passenger expects to make their journey better. They will also ultimately bring us improved reliability.”
Martino Celeghini, technical project manager at Stadler said:
“More bi-modes in passenger service means more trains on the Greater Anglia network that are built to an extremely high standard, promoting passenger comfort and enviable green credentials and enhancing the customer experience.”
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