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East Anglia: Crossrail trains could become familiar to rail travellers

12:04 10 February 2014

An image of a Crossrail train.

An image of a Crossrail train.

The new Crossrail trains which are to be built in Derby are likely to become familiar to travellers from this region heading into London.

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Crossrail services will run from Shenfield, replacing the current Greater Anglia Metro trains, under the centre of London to Heathrow Airport and Maidenhead.

There is likely to be a “cross platform” connection at Stratford for passengers from this region heading to the West End – there will be Crossrail stations at Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street – as well as for those heading further west.

Derby based Bombardier has won the £1 billion contract to build and maintain 65 trains for Crossrail, and they should enter service from 2017 – a year before the tunnel under London officially opens in 2018.

Greater Anglia – or whoever is running the rail franchise in 2018 – is expected to ensure there are easy connections at Stratford.

However they are not expected to increase connections at Shenfield for InterCity trains: “We don’t think people would want to get off a long-distance train that goes direct to Stratford to get on a Crossrail train that stops at every station so far out of London,” said a Greater Anglia spokesman.

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