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Introduction Of New Trains To East Anglia Will Be Like Moving ‘From Mid-Table To Champions League’ Says Greater Anglia Boss

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on the East Anglian Daily Times.

It is a rare detailed article on how new trains are introduced to a network.

This is a quote from Jamie Burles of Greater Anglia in the article.

On some lines there will be a huge quality uplift – going from a 40-year old single carriage diesel train to a minimum three-carriage state-of-the-art bi-mode train with air conditioning, plug sockets and broadband wi-fi.

East Anglia is being subjected to one of most radical rail upgrades in the history of railways in the UK.

January 1, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,


  1. What GA have failed to own up to is that these trains are already 6-10 months late as they were supposed to be entering service from February 2019 but have not even left the factory for testing yet. With the non-Renatus Class 321s due to come off lease on 31/10/19 and PRM modifications on 317s only just commencing, it’s already looking like GA will be one of a number of TOCs that are heading towards a crisis.

    Comment by Mike Freeman (@Wivenswold) | January 8, 2019 | Reply

    • As I have said many times, European train companies ordered all these trains, but didn’t increase the testing facilities. Consequently, there are a lot of trains running behind their delivery schedule.

      I could see Greater Anglia running some unusual trains in unusual places. They have already tested Class 379 trains to Norwich and if Bombardier deliver enough Class 720 trains, then these trains could fill in, once they are replaced to Cambridge.

      I’ve also read somewhere, that the four-car Class 755 trains will initially be used between London and Norwich, until the Class 745 trains are delivered.

      As I reported, there are also rumours that Hertford East services are going to the Overground.

      We live in interesting times.

      Comment by AnonW | January 8, 2019 | Reply

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