Greater Anglia unveils accessibility features for new Class 720s

Greater Anglia has revealed the accessibility features on its Class 720 fleet, as testing continues of the first electric multiple units.

More than 50 five-car sets have been built, but only four have been delivered to Ilford (720506/509/511/515), with one returning to the Midlands for warm storage (720506).


The accessible features include two wheelchair spaces and 48 priority seats on a five-car Class 720/5, while a ten-car Class 720/1 will have three wheelchair spaces and 106 priority seats.

Rail Delivery Group Accessibility and Inclusion Manager Dominic Lund-Conlon added: “With toilets on every train, power sockets and improved accessibility for customers living with sight loss and blindness, the trains will be a huge improvement for customers in the east of England.”

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  • jim - 31/05/2020 16:43

    Trains have no room for luggage . Travelled on the Stanstead Norwich route. No place for large bags unusual for train from airport.

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  • Güntürk Üstün - 03/02/2022 08:35

    Class 720 Aventra is a class of EMU designed and produced by the rolling stock manufacturer Bombardier Transportation (now Alstom) in Derby Litchurch Lane Works for Greater Anglia train operating company. On 26 November 2020, the first two units started passenger service on the London Liverpool Street to Southend Line, on 16 December 2020, they started service on the Braintree branch, and on 23 December 2020, the Class 720s were rolled out on Southminster services. On 23 March 2021, the 720s were introduced on the Liverpool Street to Clacton, Colchester Town and Ipswich services. On 25 August 2021, Class 720s entered service on the West Anglia mainline and Hertford East branch. On 13 September 2021, the 720s started services to Harwich Town and Walton-on-the-Naze. The 5 car units for multiple suburban services resemble that of the Class 345 and Class 710 constructed for Crossrail and London Overground respectively. However, owing to the services that they operate, the Class 720s are built with a higher top speed of 100 mph (161 km/h), and are fitted with a more appropriate interior. Dr. Güntürk Üstün

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