Green light for Greater Anglia’s Class 755/4s

Approval has been granted for the use of Stadler Class 755/4s by Greater Anglia.

The 24 four-car bi-mode trains are currently being delivered to the UK, with testing taking place on various GA routes. It’s expected, but not confirmed, that they could enter traffic by the end of this month (RAIL 880).

The ORR wants certain conditions to be met, which include low-speed validation of lateral forces and that GA’s safety management system is suitable and sufficient to ensure access and egress of passengers in normal operational and degraded modes.

So far, 755405-410/413-418 have been delivered to the UK, along with a three-car set and three 12-car electric Class 745s.

GA will use the Class 755/4s on its rural services - firstly on Norwich-Great Yarmouth, followed by Cambridge. They will initially replace Class 37s and Mk 2s hired from Direct Rail Services, followed by Class 153s leased from Porterbrook and Class 170/2s that will transfer to Transport for Wales. Eventually Class 156s will also be displaced by the new trains.

 

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  • foto2021 - 12/06/2019 12:04

    I find it difficult to believe that bi-mode trains are the optimal choice for non-electrified lines such as Norwich to Cromer/Sheringham, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

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  • foto2021 - 12/06/2019 12:04

    I find it difficult to believe that bi-mode trains are the optimal choice for non-electrified lines such as Norwich to Cromer/Sheringham, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 14/06/2019 02:13

    Hopefully more Class 755s will soon be in service which will replace the Class 153, Class 156 and Class 170 Diesel units. And the Class 745 to enter service later this year that will replace the Class 90 Mk3 and Class 379 Electrostar used on London-Norwich main line service and Stansted Express service (London Liverpool St-Stansted Airport). Which I think Greater Anglia might retain the Class 379s and to use them on some of the branch lines in Essex including Crouch Valley Line (Wickford-Southminster).

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