The Anonymous Widower

My First Ride In A Class 720 Train

Today, I took my first ride in one of Greater Anglia‘s Class 720 train.

It was only between Liverpool Street and Stratford.

Notes and questions.

  1. Are all of the individual seats identical and can they be arranged as ones, twos or threes as required?
  2. Could this mean, that Greater Anglia could create a 2 + 2 version with tables. if they felt such a train was necessary for some routes?
  3. The details like luggage racks, wheelchair spaces and power sockets seem to be of a high standard.
  4. The ride seemed smooth. But if I was going between Liverpool Street and Norwich, I’d prefer to ride in one of Greater Anglia’s Stadler trains.
  5. The last picture is of the seats in a Class 345 train, as I wanted to judge a comparison.
  6. The Class 720 seat appears to my posterior to be slightly more comfortable, than the Class 345 seat.

This train is more than just a high-capacity suburban trundler.

February 22, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. I also took my first ride on a Class 720 between Liverpool Street and Shenfield a few days ago. Reasonably comfortable and smooth with that new train plasticky smell. The 3 + 2 seat configuration did make it feel potentially somewhat cramped (although my train was mostly empty) and this may turn out to be an unforeseen error unless ridership returns to normal. I returned on a Class 321 which was gloomy and a bit tatty, a big contrast – although I remember the introduction of the 321s which at the time felt like a revelation.

    Comment by David | February 22, 2021 | Reply

  2. I was a bit worried about the 3 + 2 seating, when it was announced too. But the Class 360 trains were the same.

    Looking at the seats, I need to look underneath to see if every individual seat is the same. If they are, then if Covid drops the number of passengers, the trains might be possible to reconfigure as 2 + 2.

    They’re probably on rails too, so that they can be spaced out if required.

    We could be seeing the first seat arrangement, which will be able to handle a hot sunny day in Southend.

    Comment by AnonW | February 22, 2021 | Reply

  3. Reconfiguration might be logical although I expect we need to wait to see whether passenger volumes return to pre Covid levels. I live in Sidcup so regularly use Southeastern’s Class 465s which are also 3+2 but there has never been serious consideration to converting them to 2+2 during their 25 year life span, although that would greatly help as passengers (used to) struggle to get to and from the doors in crowded peak trains

    Comment by David | February 24, 2021 | Reply

  4. There are certainly 2 + 2 seats for the Class 465 trains as the Class 365 trains are fitted with them.

    Comment by AnonW | February 24, 2021 | Reply

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