New Greater Anglia fleet designs released

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Aventra interior. Image: Greater Anglia.

Greater Anglia has released new external designs and internal layouts for its new train fleet.

The operator is asking for further feedback from passengers to inform the next part of the design phase.

Bombardier is supplying 89 five-car and 22 10-car Aventra trains for suburban rail routes on the West Anglia main line.

The design concepts for these vehicles show a 3+2 seating configuration in standard class compared to the 2+2 on the Class 379 Electrostars.

Separately, Swiss manufacturer Stadler will be supplying 10 12-car articulated intercity units for the Great Eastern main line services between Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester and London. An additional 10 will be used to operate Standsted Express services out of Liverpool Street station. Stadler is also supplying 24 four-car and 14 three-car bi-mode trains.

Stadler will build its share of the new rolling stock in Switzerland while Bombardier’s site in Derby will build the rest of the new fleet.

Altogether, around £1.4 billion is being invested in new trains for the region, replacing all of the existing rolling stock by 2020.

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Greater Anglia says the current designs have already been developed using passenger input and feedback from other stakeholders.

Jamie Burles, managing director of Greater Anglia, said: “We are looking forward to transforming train services in East Anglia with the complete replacement of our entire current fleet with brand new trains in 2019/20, which will bring improvements not just to the on-board environment, but also to capacity, journey times and reliability across our network.

“We’re pleased to be able to share the planned design and layouts of the trains which have been developed based on extensive consultation. We’re keen to hear our customers’ views. They will help inform the final design specification. Our new trains programme is progressing well and on schedule.”

More design concept images for the new trains can be found here.

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