Posted 29th May 2020 | 1 Comment

Stadler completes new Greater Anglia fleet

THE complete fleet of 58 new Stadler trains for Greater Anglia should be in service by the summer, Stadler has said. All older rolling stock on Greater Anglia’s intercity, regional and rural routes is being displaced by the new fleet, which consists of 38 bi-mode units and 20 electric ones.

The first bi-modes arrived last year, and the electric units began to follow in January. The electric trains are for the intercity services between Norwich and London and for Stansted Express, with 10 units for each route.

The order, for a total of 378 vehicles and worth some £600 million, has been financed by pension funds and insurance companies through Rock Rail East Anglia, a joint venture between Rock Rail, Aberdeen Standard Investments and GLIL Infrastructure.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on rail travel nationally, Greater Anglia is being run as a management contract for the Department for Transport until later this year at least.

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  • Andrew Gwilt, Benfleet Essex

    Out with the old and in with the brand new trains. Shame that Greater Anglia will not retain the Class 379 Electrostars once the Class 745/1s have entered service on the Stansted Express service and Class 720s on the West Anglia and Great Eastern routes. Plus with Wickford railway station to be redeveloped with longer bay platforms to accommodate the Class 720s.