Greater Anglia officially launches new bi-mode Stadler Class 755s into traffic

Real, tangible benefits are being delivered for East Anglian rail passengers with the introduction of Stadler Class 755s, according to Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris.

Speaking ahead of the official launch of the Greater Anglia Stadler bi-mode fleet at Norwich on September 4, Heaton-Harris said that Government’s priority is to deliver a “truly passenger-focused railway that sees our trains running on time. This investment will help deliver that, with greener, cleaner journeys and a more comfortable and reliable service for passengers.”

GA put the first four-car Class 755/4s into traffic on July 29, running on the Wherry Lines between Norwich and Great Yarmouth/Lowestoft (RAIL 885). Since then, the new trains have also started to serve the Norwich-Cambridge route.

“Our customers are telling us they think our new trains are amazing. We promised new trains would improve their journeys and that’s exactly what they’re doing. Feedback has been brilliant,” said GA Managing Director Jamie Burles.

The new vehicles are funded by Rock Rail East Anglia, a joint venture between Rock Rail, Aberdeen Standard Investments and GLIL Infrastructure).

Thomas Ahlburg, group chief executive of Stadler, commented: “After months of hard work, we are delighted that they are being introduced into service.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 887, published on September 11, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from September 7.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 06/09/2019 04:12

    Which is great news for East Anglia. The Class 755s are amazing new Bi-mode trains that can operate on existing non-electrified and electrified routes in the region. Which they could also be ideal to operate on long distance rural-direct services such as Norwich-London Liverpool St, Peterborough-Stansted Airport & Liverpool Street and Norwich-Stansted Airport (all going via Cambridge).

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