Greater Anglia

Rail (UK) - - Contents - Richard Clin­nick As­sis­tant Editor richard.clin­nick@bauer­me­ @Clin­nick1

DfT fran­chise doc­u­ments re­veal how many ex­tra seats will be avail­able on Greater Anglia’s new elec­tric mul­ti­ple units.

CA­PAC­ITY de­tails for Greater Anglia’s 1,043 new ve­hi­cles that are due to en­ter traf­fic from 2019 were re­vealed in fran­chise doc­u­ments re­leased by the Depart­ment for Trans­port on April 20.

The doc­u­ments show that the ten-car outer-sub­ur­ban Class 720 Aven­tra elec­tric mul­ti­ple units (EMUs) be­ing built by Bom­bardier will have 1,145 seats and space for 290 stand­ing pas­sen­gers, with no First Class ac­com­mo­da­tion. There will be three wheel­chair spa­ces. The five-car ‘720s’ will have 544 Stan­dard Class seats and space for 145 stand­ing pas­sen­gers, with two wheel­chair spa­ces and no First Class seats.

The trains, which are due to be leased from Fe­bru­ary 2019, will re­place Class 321s which, although built as four-car EMUs, run in 12-car for­ma­tions.

By way of com­par­i­son, an un-re­fur­bished four-car Class 321/3 of­fers 292 Stan­dard Class seats, space for 122 stand­ing pas­sen­gers and 16 First Class seats, but no wheel­chair space. Sim­i­larly, a re­fur­bished Re­na­tus ‘321/3’ of­fers 265 Stan­dard Class seats, 116 stand­ing spa­ces and 12 First Class seats, plus two wheel­chair spa­ces.

This means an over­all in­crease of 269 seats - from 876 Stan­dard Class seats in a 12-car ‘321’ to 1,145 in a ten-car ‘720’ (although First Class is lost).

Mean­while, the ten 12-car EMUs be­ing built by Stadler to re­place Class 90/Mk 3 sets on Great Eastern Main Line will have 672 Stan­dard Class seats, with room for 245 stand­ing pas­sen­gers. A fur­ther 80 First Class seats will be in­stalled, and three spa­ces pro­vided for wheel­chairs. These trains are leased from May 2019, and all ten will be leased by Oc­to­ber of that year.

This will rep­re­sent an in­crease in ca­pac­ity over that cur­rently af­forded by the ‘90’/Mk 3 fleet of eight ninecar sets. These of­fer 528 Stan­dard Class seats, 341 stand­ing spa­ces and 86 First Class seats, plus two wheel­chair spa­ces. Three eight-car sets of­fer 475 Stan­dard Class seats, 307 stand­ing spa­ces, 86 First Class

seats and two wheel­chair spa­ces.

Lease dates are also given for the var­i­ous ‘clas­sic fleets’, with the lo­cal diesel mul­ti­ple unit (DMU) fleet start­ing to be re­turned to their own­ers in 2019.

First of these will be the five Class 153s (153306/309/314/322/335) that have a lease ex­piry date of Au­gust 31 2019. These will be fol­lowed by eight three-car Class 170s (170201-170208) and three two-car Class 170s (from 170270170273). These have a lease ex­piry date of Oc­to­ber 1 2019, although one two-car ‘170’ re­mains on lease un­til Jan­uary 31 2020.

The fi­nal DMUs to be re­turned to their own­ers will be the nine two-car Class 156s (156402/407/409/416-419/422), which have a lease ex­piry of De­cem­ber 30 2019.

All of GA’s DMU fleet is owned by Porter­brook, which also owns the ‘90’/Mk 3 fleet (this lease ex­pires on Jan­uary 1 2020). These fea­ture 118 coaches and 15 lo­co­mo­tives.

For the EMU fleets, Class 317s will start to be sent off-lease in 2019, with the Class 360 fleet the last to do so in Au­gust 2020.

EMU with­drawals start with nine Class 317s by May 31 2019 from var­i­ous sub-classes (in­clud­ing demon­stra­tor 317722), with the fi­nal ‘317s’ due to be sent off-lease on April 30 2020.

Oc­to­ber 31 2019 is the lease ex­piry date for 36 non-re­fur­bished Class 321/3s and 38 non­re­fur­bished Class 321/4s, while the re­fur­bished Re­na­tus Class 321/3 fleet goes off-lease on De­cem­ber 1 2019.

Fi­nally, the 2003-built Class 360 De­siros and 2011-built Class 379 Elec­trostars (the most mod­ern EMUs in the cur­rent GA fleet) will be sent off-lease within weeks of each other. The lease for the 30 Class 379s ex­pires on Au­gust 1 2020, with the deal for the 21 Class 360s end­ing on Au­gust 31 2020.


On April 25, Greater Anglia 90015 Colch­esterCas­tle (left) and 90009 stand at Lon­don Liver­pool Street. The named ‘90’ ran empty from Nor­wich to trans­port pas­sen­gers north af­ter its class­mate be­came trapped at the ter­mi­nus due to failed points. Class 90/Mk 3 sets used by GA will be re­placed by EMUs with a much higher ca­pac­ity.

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