Greater Anglia services that run to London Liverpool Street from Cambridge, Ely, Kings Lynn, Audley End, Stansted Airport, Harlow, Hertford East and Broxbourne now use the new longer state-of-the-art electric commuter trains after the last of old trains operating the route were taken out of service last week.
The rail operators’ Stansted Express service which operates between London and Stansted Airport switched to new trains over 18 months ago, while the Norwich to Cambridge and Stansted Airport service switched to new dual trains -mode powered by diesel and electricity in December 2019. .
All new trains are longer and offer more seats, air conditioning, USB sockets and points, fast free Wi-Fi as well as improvements to accessibility features such as accessible restrooms on every train. The new trains also feature dedicated spaces for bicycles on each train as well as improved passenger information, such as screens that detail which part of the train has more seats available.
Greater Anglia is already seeing improvements in reliability and punctuality from the new trains, which also help reduce the train operator’s carbon footprint thanks to the train’s many cutting-edge green features, such as regenerative brakes that harness the energy created during braking, when returning to the electrical network. The trains are also equipped with intelligent computer systems which also save energy.
Later in August, a major project for Greater Anglia will see platforms at Hertford East, Ware and Broxbourne long enough for the new ten-car trains. The project will enter its final phase with a program of 17 days of intensive work carried out between Saturday 13 and Monday 29 August. As a result of the planned works, service on the busy Hertford East line will benefit from significantly increased seating capacity.
Jamie Burles, Managing Director of Greater Anglia, said: “We are really delighted to have taken this major step in transforming our rail fleet into one that includes all new trains.
“Our West Anglia passengers now have new trains on each service, providing a much better and more comfortable travel environment. They also allow us to provide a more timely, reliable, consistent and resilient service.
“Our goal has always been to bring about a real and positive change in the quality of service for our customers and our communities. This is now a reality for all of our West Anglia, Stansted Express, Intercity and Regional customers, and for most travelers also using our Great East routes.
“As we complete this £1.4 billion investment program over the next year, we are making rail a high quality, reliable and convenient travel option for our region as we recover. of the pandemic and fully play our part in achieving carbon reduction and net zero. targets. »
The next stage of the rollout of the new train in Greater Anglia will see its remaining old, non-refurbished trains running across the rest of Essex replaced with new trains. As a result of this swap, there will be only 30 old trains left, all of which are refurbished electric commuter trains, featuring air conditioning, upgraded seats and interiors and routes to Southend, Chelmsford, Braintree, Colchester, Clacton and Harwich. These trains will also see phased replacement over the latter part of 2022 and early 2023, which will see Greater Anglia’s switch to new trains completed.
The rail operator has currently received 131 of the 191 new trains ordered, all of which operate on the Norwich-London intercity line and all regional lines.