New Greater Anglia train completes test run

Bombardier train on test
Credit: Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has announced that it has started testing on its brand new commuter trains which will provide more seats for journeys to London.

Bombardier is making 111 electric trains for Greater Anglia. These will replace existing electric trains on all services except Norwich – London and Stansted express train services.

In the early hours of 17 March, the train completed a test run on the Southend Victoria line in another milestone in the progress towards getting the trains into passenger service.

New trains have to undergo a series of tests before they can enter passenger service. These tests include checking their performance at high speeds, and also at platforms to see if anything needs relocating.

Staff including drivers and station staff also need to be trained to work with the new trains.

The new electric trains are all five or ten carriages. The five carriage trains have 544 seats and the ten-carriage trains have 1,145 seats.

What did the officials say?

Ian McConnell, Greater Anglia franchise and programmes director said:

“We can’t wait to get these trains into service because they’re going to make such a positive difference to customers journeys, so it’s fantastic that this testing has begun.

“Once we are fully satisfied the trains are performing as we want them to, we will put them into passenger service which will be later this year.”

“As well as providing extra seats, they will also give our customers a much more comfortable journey as these brand-new trains have all the mod cons that 21st century rail passengers now expect.”

Will Tanner, Bombardier Transportation Communications Director said:

“We are committed to getting these state-of-the-art Aventra trains into service with Greater Anglia as soon as we possibly can.

“We have two of our six production lines at our Derby factory dedicated to the project, and have recruited 400 extra staff since December to help reduce the delay to the project which has been caused by a range of factors. We have now built more than 230 of the 665 cars on order.”

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  1. I maybe stupid but how dose the 10 carriages have more seats than the 5 if you were to say join up a extra 5 to the already 5 you have. The carriages must be a different size then..

    • On a 5 car they will at least one toilet, on 10 car you still can have one toilet meaning the toilet space = extra capacity. This also applies to the cabs that are unused in 5+5 formation.
      I hope this helps,

    • They’re same size, you’ve just got to account for the fact that two fives would have 4 driving cabs whereas the 10 car will it have 2 meaning more space for seats.

  2. 89x 5-Car Class 720/5 and 22 10-Car Class 720/1 Aventras are to be built for Greater Anglia. Plus c2c have also placed a order of 6 Class 720/6 (formerly Class 711) to replace the Class 387/3 but the Class 357/0/2/3 are to be retained. Also will a 5-Car Class 720/5 fit through the bay platforms at Wickford and at Manningtree. When operating a shuttle service (Wickford-Southminster and Manningtree-Harwich Town).

    • Maybe Bombardier could of built the 4-Car Class 720/4 Aventra and to use them on the Crouch Valley Line (Wickford-Southminster), Mayflower Line (Manningtree-Harwich Town) and Stratford-Hertford East & Meridian Water services. As well to work alongside with the Class 720/1 and Class 720/5 Aventra trains.

  3. Why all lines except my route Norwich to London? Thought all old trains had to be replaced to comply with disability legislation.

    • @Pablo they are. New trains will help to improve better rail services and new trains will be disabled friendly. That’s what Greater Anglia are doing.


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