Take a look at the new trains set to transform rail travel in East Anglia

Thursday, 16 November 2017

The latest computer-generated photos of some of Greater Anglia’s brand new trains have been unveiled.

The photos show how the intercity, regional and Stansted Express trains will look when they come into service from 2019.

Greater Anglia is replacing every single train running on its network today with brand new trains, some of which have just gone into production.

These pictures show the trains which are being built in Switzerland by Stadler.

One of the photos shows how a bi-mode regional train, which can operate using diesel or electricity power, will look side-by-side with an intercity train at Ipswich station.

These will be used for branch lines services Marks Tey to Sudbury, Norwich to Sheringham, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Cambridge, Ipswich to Felixstowe, Lowestoft, Cambridge and Peterborough, as well as a direct service from Lowestoft to London.

Customers requiring wheelchair spaces, cycle areas or First Class seating will be able to spot where to get on the new trains due to a colour-coded banding system on the outside of the train, which is shown in two of the photos showing sideviews of intercity and bi-mode trains.

The on-train locations for wheelchair spaces are identified with blue banding, cycle areas with green and First Class seating with yellow.

Over 1,000 people took part in a public consultation about the design of the new trains. Selected groups of customers, rail-users with disabilities and stakeholders were also taken to visit a life-size mock-up showing the seats, toilets, bistro area, doors and large windows of the new trains.

The feedback received is being used to inform the final design and specification for the carriages.

Greater Anglia is spending £1.4 billion on 169 new trains - a total of 1,043 new carriages. 58 of the new trains are being made by Stadler. The rest are being built by Bombardier in Derby.

All of the new trains will have air conditioning, USB and plug points and free fast wifi.

Greater Anglia Managing Director Jamie Burles said: “We’re very excited about our new trains. They’re part of our transformation of the railway in East Anglia. They will enable us to provide a nicer travelling environment and more seats, as well as faster, more frequent and more reliable journeys.

"By introducing high quality new trains and better journeys, we hope to make our customers’ lives a little easier.”