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Twenty Greater Anglia Class 720s built by Bombardier so far

One hundred Class 720 Aventra vehicles have now been completed at Derby Litchurch Lane, and manufacturer Bombardier has released two five-car sets for testing at Old Dalby (720501 and 720503).

However, Greater Anglia is still unable to confirm when the electric multiple units will begin to operate passenger services, with the trains set to be at least a year late (RAIL 889).

The operator has 89 five-car and 22 ten-car sets on order, with the 89 Class 720/5s due in traffic by December 2019, and all 111 due to be delivered by the end of March 2020, according to the GA franchise agreement.

The first five-car had been due at Ilford last January, for testing ahead of a March introduction.

But as this issue of RAIL went to press, a Class 720 had yet to be moved on the national network, with the two at Old Dalby having been transferred by road.

The vehicles built so far are for sets 720501-720520.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 890, out now.

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  • Tim Walton - 25/10/2019 02:29

    Bombardier are supposed to be starting to build the 730's for West Midland Trains anytime now. What's going on!

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    • Roger Capel - 05/11/2019 09:50

      AVENTRA TRAIN MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE!! (again!!!!). This whole issue has dragged on so long that it's dragging Bombardier's reputation down the tubes.

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