In the event that the Stadler electric multiple units are not ready, or that the infrastructure is not in place to support the new trains, Greater Anglia will use Class 360 and Class 379 EMUs as cover, with the Class 90-hauled Mk 3 sets withdrawn by the end of 2019 as planned.
GA Deputy Managing Director Mike Kean told RAIL that although recently refurbished, the Mk 3s do not meet disability access requirements for the December 31 2019 deadline. The coaches need plug doors as well as passenger information systems and more grab rails. There are no plans for this work to be carried out.
Kean explained that the GA franchise has an extended lease for the ‘360’ and ‘379’ fleets until August 2020, which is a contingency in case of any delays. Both fleets meet the December 31 2019 deadline requirements. GA has 21 four-car Class 360s and 30 four-car Class 379s.
- For the latest on Greater Anglia's new trains, read RAIL 829, published on June 21.