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On track for faster trains

PUBLISHED: 14:57 15 April 2004 | UPDATED: 04:47 02 March 2010

TRAIN journeys could be quicker within weeks due to the introduction of faster locomotives in the region.

During the next four weeks two more Class 90 Locomotives a week will be introduced on the Anglia mainline route by East Anglian train operator 'one'.

TRAIN journeys could be quicker within weeks due to the introduction of faster locomotives in the region.

During the next four weeks two more Class 90 Locomotives a week will be introduced on the Anglia mainline route by East Anglian train operator 'one'.

By the middle of May all mainline services will be scheduled to be hauled by the younger, more powerful and reliable engines.

It will see the end of the veteran Class 86's which have been used since route electrification to Ipswich in 1985 and Norwich in 1987.

A small number of the locomotives will however be retained over the next few months to cover for maintenance where necessary.

Tim Clarke, managing director of 'one' said: "The Class 86's have been wonderful workhorses on the Norwich to London mainline, providing reliable service and we plan a fitting send off later in the year.

"But the way forward is now with the Class 90's which will help us deliver a more punctual and reliable service."


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