Greener, more efficient trains now being assembled for Greater Anglia

New diesel trains currently being built for Greater Anglia will be greener and more efficient than the company’s existing trains.

All of Greater Anglia’s existing diesel trains are being replaced with “bi-mode” trains which can switch between diesel and electricity power.

Stadler is building 24 four-carriage and 14 three-carriage bi-mode trains for Greater Anglia.

Assembly has started in two of the company’s factories in Switzerland and Poland.

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First Stadler train on the tracks for testing

The first one of Greater Anglia’s brand-new regional bi-mode trains, which are set to transform rail services in East Anglia, is now being tested in Switzerland.

At the same time, Greater Anglia’s brand new intercity and Stansted Express trains are being assembled in another factory nearby.

Swiss train manufacturer Stadler is making a total of 58 trains for Greater Anglia, including 38 “bi-mode” trains that can switch between electricity and diesel power, which will run on rural routes in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

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Greater Anglia transforming Norwich depot in readiness for new trains

Work has begun to prepare Greater Anglia’s Norwich-based Crown Point Depot for the new fleet of trains that will serve the region from 2019, including sending engineers to Switzerland to learn how to look after them.

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First new Greater Anglia train takes shape at Bombardier

Work is well underway on the first of over 100 brand new Greater Anglia trains being built at the Bombardier factory in Derby.

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Better Customer Information Screens coming to a rail station near you

Customer information is being improved at rail stations across the region with the installation of better Customer Information Screens.

More than 1,000 new screens will be installed across all of Greater Anglia’s 133 stations - including ones that have never had them before such as Beccles, Brundall Gardens, Elmswell, Gunton, Lakenheath, Oulton Broad South, Spooner Row and Whittlesea.

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Take a seat and look around Greater Anglia’s new trains through virtual reality

People can try out seats which will be fitted onto Greater Anglia’s new trains at four virtual reality experience roadshows during the Easter break.

Two pairs of seats identical to those due to be installed on the brand new trains will be at Ipswich, Norwich, Cambridge and Chelmsford stations for people to test.

At the same time, they can put on a pair of virtual reality goggles and see what the rest of the train will look like – and experience being on board a new train just before it sets off from a station.

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