Greater Anglia seeks pas­sen­ger views as it un­veils fleet de­signs

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Greater Anglia is seek­ing feed­back from pas­sen­gers on the 1,043 ve­hi­cles that it has on or­der from Bom­bardier and Stadler, and which will en­ter traf­fic from 2019.

The projects to de­sign and con­struct the trains are pro­gress­ing well, the com­pany said on April 3. On its web­site, it has pub­lished artists’ im­pres­sions il­lus­trat­ing the in­ter­nal lay­out and fea­tures of the trains, as well as the ex­ter­nal liv­ery.

GA said the de­sign process has al­ready in­cor­po­rated feed­back from pas­sen­gers and stake­hold­ers re­ceived dur­ing the fran­chise bid­ding and con­sul­ta­tion process, as well as other sug­ges­tions made in re­cent months.

Pas­sen­ger watch­dogs Trans­port Fo­cus and Lon­don Trav­el­watch have been in­volved in the new trains pro­gramme, along­side the De­part­ment for Trans­port. GA has also ac­tively gained in­put from wheel­chair users, vis­ually im­paired trav­ellers, and other users with spe­cific needs. Now it wants pas­sen­gers across the network to pro­vide feed­back which will help in­form the fi­nal spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

The fleet will in­clude ten 12-coach in­ter-city trains for Nor­wich-Lon­don in­ter-city ser­vices, ten 12-coach Stansted Ex­press trains for ser­vices be­tween Lon­don and Stansted Air­port, and 24 four-coach and 14 three-coach bi-mode trains for re­gional ser­vices across Norfolk, Suf­folk and Cam­bridgeshire. These fleets will be built by Stadler in Switzer­land.

Ad­di­tion­ally, 89 five-coach and 22 ten-coach Aven­tras for sub­ur­ban ser­vices on the West Anglia Main Line and the Great Eastern Main Line are on or­der. Bom­bardier is build­ing these trains at Derby Litchurch Lane.

To view the new de­signs and give feed­back, pas­sen­gers should visit: great­eran­glia.co.uk/new­trains

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