Greater Anglia’s first 12-car Stadler electric multiple unit (EMU) arrived at Norwich Crown Point on February 28, for testing and commissioning.
The Class 745/1 (745104) is the first of 20 Class 745s to be delivered to the UK from Switzerland. GA has ten ‘745/0s’ on order for its Norwich-London Liverpool Street route and ten ‘745/1s’ for its Stansted Express operations.
The first four Class 745s to be delivered will be Stansted units, followed by all ten ‘745/0s’ for the Great Eastern Main Line. The latter will be replacing Class 90-hauled Mk 3 sets that must be withdrawn by the end of the year because they do not meet accessibility standards being introduced from January 1 2020.
The Class 745/1s are replacing pairs of four-car Class 379s dating from 2011. Unlike the GE sets, they do not have First Class or a cafe-car, but are fitted with plug and USB sockets, air-conditioning, and fast, free WiFi as well as improved passenger information screens.
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