A design freeze for Greater Anglia’s fleet of Stadler electric multiple units and bi-mode multiple units is due at the end of June, after which construction plans will be finalised.
GA Deputy Managing Director Mike Kean told RAIL that the cutting of metal for bodyshells will begin in August in Bussnang, Switzerland, where the trains are being built. He said that 12 months later the first BMU (a four-car unit) would be in the UK.
The operator has 14 three-car and 24 four-car BMUs on order from Stadler, as well as 20 12-car EMUs, of which ten are earmarked for the Norwich-London Liverpool Street route with the other ten for Stansted Express.
The trains will enter traffic in 2019 as part of GA’s plans to introduce 1,043 new vehicles to replace the entire existing fleet. The Stadler trains will replace the Class 90-hauled Mk 3 sets on the Great Eastern Main Line and the diesel multiple units on the rural routes.
- For a full round-up of the plans for the Stadler trains, information on the Aventra order for GA, and what could happen to the Class 90-hauled Mk 3 sets, read RAIL 829, published on June 21.