Glimpse of new train carriages which will serve Norfolk passengers
PUBLISHED: 18:07 26 January 2018 | UPDATED: 18:12 26 January 2018
These are the first of the new train carriages which will arrive in East Anglia from next year.
These completed body shells, being painted in Greater Anglia livery, are the first off the Hungarian production line and will run on routes in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and North Essex from 2019 onwards.
The shells were manufactured by Stadler at their factory in Hungary and have been transported to its Bussnang factory in Switzerland where they will now be fitted with seats, lighting and other electrical equipment, air conditioning systems, wifi, plug and USB sockets and large picture windows.
Stadler will build 58 trains which will operate on Greater Anglia’s Intercity, Stansted Express and regional services. The rest are being built by Bombardier in Derby.
Greater Anglia is spending £1.4bn on 169 new trains - a total of 1,043 new carriages.
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said: “We’re very excited about our new trains. When you see photos like this it’s possible to imagine what an amazing change to our customers’ journeys these brand-new trains will make.
“There will be more seats. Everyone will be able to plug in their mobile phones or laptops, and with fast free wifi on every train, people will even be able to Facetime their friends and family while they travel, making the most of every minute.
“This is part of the transformation of the railway in East Anglia. By introducing high quality new trains, offering more convenient and more reliable journeys, we hope to make train travel even better and our customers’ lives a little easier.”
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