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Details In A Class 345 Train Interior

These pictures were taken of internal details of a Class 345 train.

Various thoughts.

Cantilevered Seats

The bays of four-seats are cantilevered to the sides of the train, which means the space underneath the seat is available for luggage and well-behaved dogs.


It would appear that the heating is under the Metro-style seating.

As I said in Aventras Have Under Floor Heating, it would appear that the Greater Anglia Aventras do have under-floor heating, so perhaps this is a customer-chosen option, more suited to longer-distance routes.

The Lobbies

East car in the Class 345 train, has three sets of doors and lobbies.

Note how each lobby has a central handrail and two vertical handrails in each corner. One of these is just behind the door and you can grab it from outside.

Metro-Style Seating

I have not travelled in the Peak, so I don’t know how the seats perform with a full load, but this type of seating works well in the Overground’s Class 378 trains.

Note how the Class 378 seats have wider armrests and are not so open underneath. That vertical handrail in front of the seats can get in the way too!

The Class 378 trains were introduced in 2009, so the differences are probably down to eight years of design and advanced manufacturing.


The armrests have received praise in some reports and they appear to work.

Note how in the metro-style seating the armrests have two levels.


As the first Aventra to enter service, it is a very good effort.

Certainly finding criticism of these interiors is difficult.

If you’re in London and want to go to the Olympic Park or the Eastfield Shopping Centre at Stratford, why not forsake the Jubilee and Central Lines of the Underground and take one of these new trains from Liverpool Street.

There are four trains in service at the present time, but by the end of the year, there will be eleven, so there is an improving chance you’ll get a ride in the best commuter train, in which I’ve ever ridden.


September 20, 2017 - Posted by | Travel | , ,


  1. I think you’ll find that 11 Aventras are supposed to be in service by the end of September, Shenfield to Liverpool Street, see the link on District Dave’s Blog below.

    Comment by Frith | September 20, 2017 | Reply

  2. No loos!

    Comment by mauricegreed | September 20, 2017 | Reply

    • TfL are providing loos in most a lot of the Crossrail stations.

      Comment by AnonW | September 20, 2017 | Reply

  3. You say these 345 units are the best commuter trains you have ever travelled in. What? I note they seem to be based on the same design as the new District line Underground trains in that you can walk through, but there the similarity ends. I took one just from Stratford to Liverpool Street, and I can say it was possibly the most uncomfortable train journey I have ever had, being even worse than a Thameslink unit. This was all down to the dreadful seating, with no padding whatsoever, and an angle and height which makes things very painful for the back.
    I’m wondering if these have been introduced to make less people use the trains, because I will try to avoid these units where possible.
    ALL new trains in Europe have more comfortable seats than these, so what on earth is the idea?

    Eddie Lucioni

    Comment by Eddie Lucioni | June 26, 2018 | Reply

    • Each to his or her own!

      Comment by AnonW | June 27, 2018 | Reply

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