Greater Anglia has released images of the interior of its Intercity Class 745/0s ahead of their entry into traffic this autumn.
Three of the 12-car Stadler-built electric multiple units are in the UK (745002-004). They will be used on the Norwich-London Liverpool Street route, replacing Class 90-hauled Mk 3 sets.
The ‘745/0s’ feature 752 seats (672 in Standard Class and 80 in First Class) compared to the 614 on existing nine-car sets (528 in Standard and 86 in First Class), while they retain the 2+2 seating in Standard Class and 2+1 in First Class. There is space for 245 standing passengers.
Seating was specifically designed following customer feedback, and the operator claims there is the maximum padding allowed under stricter fire regulations.
USB and plug points are available for each pair of seats. Each vehicle has air-conditioning, free WiFi and a passenger information screen. There are wider automatic doors and these are situated in the centre of the vehicles. The floor on the ‘745/0s’ is lower than the existing fleet while there is also a retractable step to bridge the gap between train and platform; GA claims this makes the train more accessible for wheelchairs and buggies.
A large accessible area has been included following expert advice from disability professionals. Each train has an accessible toilet next to the accessible seating area.
Room for six bikes has been provided, the same as the existing Mk 3 sets. There are three spaces on each side of the cycle area, with straps provided, and fold-down seats for extra seating if there are no bikes aboard.
The Class 745/0s will be the only member of GA’s new fleet to have First Class, while there will be a café bar area, which again will only be available on these trains.
“We are very much looking forward to getting them into service as they will completely transform our customers’ journeys,” said Ian McConnell, Greater Anglia Franchise and Programmes Director.
“The new intercity trains are designed to be stylish and comfortable, building on Stadler's wealth of experience in high quality, modern vehicles that rely on sophisticated technology. “We feel sure they will go down well with passengers, once they enter service in a few months,” said Martino Celeghini, Stadler Project Manager.
Stadler is supplying ten 12-car Class 745/0s for the InterCity route and ten 12-car Class 745/1s for Stansted Express services.