Greater Anglia shows off its new Intercity trains for services to London
PUBLISHED: 16:30 01 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:54 01 July 2019
Rail company Greater Anglia has taken delivery of the first of its new Intercity trains that will be used to transform main-line services between Norwich, Ipswich and London.
The first 12-car trains built by Swiss company Stadler have now arrived at Greater Anglia's Crown Point depot in Norwich where they are undergoing initial testing before they start running on the line to Liverpool Street.
There will eventually be 10 of these trains in operation, and they are due to start entering service later this year.
The new trains have 752 seats compared to 614 on existing trains, still arranged in the two by two seating in Standard Class and one by two layout in First Class, that customers expect on an Intercity train.
There are USB and plug points for each pair of seats and a mixture of tables and seatback tables. Each train also has air conditioning, wifi and a passenger information screen in each carriage.
Wider automatic push button doors for getting on and off the train are situated in the centre of carriages. The floor level is lower than on existing trains which makes the train more accessible for people with wheelchairs and buggies. On board, there are slightly higher seating areas, where the floor is raised above the train's wheels.
The new Intercity trains will be the only Greater Anglia trains with First Class seating. The majority of seats have tables, but some have seat back tables. The First Class seating is more spacious than the Standard Class.
There is a café bar and a large accessible area, designed with expert advice from disability professionals, including people with disabilities. Each train has an accessible toilet next to the accessible seating area. There is room for six bikes on the train.
The First Class, accessible and cycle sections are clearly marked on the outside of the trains with different coloured bands - yellow, blue and green respectively - so that they can be easily located from the platform.
Greater Anglia director Ian McConnell said: "We've now got three out of ten of our new intercity trains in East Anglia, ready to undergo a series of safety and performance tests.
"We are very much looking forward to getting them into service, as they will completely transform our customers' journeys."