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Author Topic: The Stadler trains now arriving at Greater Anglia  (Read 229 times)

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Re: The Stadler trains now arriving at Greater Anglia
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2019, 08:43:37 AM »
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The 12-carriage long train is one of ten which will replace the current trains on the Stansted Express route between London Liverpool Street and Stansted airport.

On Thursday (February 28) the train completed its journey from Switzerland to Norwich, where it will be put through a series of safety and performance tests before it is passed fit for passenger service.

The train is the same model as the new Intercity trains, also being made by Stadler, to replace the current slam-door trains which run between Norwich and Liverpool Street.

Although they look the same from the outside, the interiors are fitted out differently, with the new Intercity trains including a cafe-bar and first-class seating area, not available on the new Stansted Express trains.

All of the new Swiss-made electric trains are longer, with more seats, plugs and USB sockets and air-conditioning.

They will have fast free wifi and improved passenger information screens.

Greater Anglia is getting ten new Stansted Express trains and ten new Intercity trains.

Ian McConnell, Greater Anglia Franchising and Programmes Director, said: “It was an incredible sight to see this long modern-looking train travelling along our line. It’s a glimpse of the near future, when they will be carrying more passengers in comfort and style between Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and London.”

Testing is due to start on the new Stansted Express train later in March.

Engineers will initially test its performance at different speeds on different tracks at night between Norwich, Ipswich and Colchester.

They will then test the train at night between Norwich and Diss to make sure that the train is fully compatible with Network Rail’s signalling system.

Greater Anglia is replacing every single existing train with brand new trains, including 58 made by Stadler and 111 made by Bombardier in Derby.

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Re: The Stadler trains now arriving at Greater Anglia
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2019, 05:27:33 PM »
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Re: The Stadler trains now arriving at Greater Anglia
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2019, 08:11:09 PM »
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Re: The Stadler trains now arriving at Greater Anglia
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2019, 07:46:46 AM »
Greater Anglia were supposed to be building a maintenance depot at Brantham, near Manningtree, but the site was contaminated. They then applied for planning permission at Parkeston/Harwich International, close to the old 30F shed site.

However, I've seen no update if permission was granted, or what Anglia's intentions now are for their maintenance plans; anybody got any ideas, please?

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Re: The Stadler trains now arriving at Greater Anglia
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2019, 08:21:13 AM »
Amongst the latest news items on this that I can find - not that there is much at all of any concrete nature - is this from November 2018:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/greater-anglia-trains-to-harwich-1-5777573

This gives no more info than what you already know Martyn. I suspect that for now the old QI tag line “nobody knows” might apply, but some announcement must surely be in the offing.
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Re: The Stadler trains now arriving at Greater Anglia
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2019, 10:53:03 AM »
I believe that one reason they dropped the idea for Brantham, as the crossover there would have conflicted with the main line train movements. Also there was some issue about who owned the land.

I found this linky here....

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/brantham-rail-depot-project-doubts-from-greater-anglia-1-5356667
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Re: The Stadler trains now arriving at Greater Anglia
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2019, 02:19:57 PM »
Thanks for the replies.

The site at Brantham used to be used for various chemical manufacturing processes and I think many years ago there may have been contamination; and I heard it suggested that clean-up costs would be too high.


Greater Anglia then applied for permission at Parkeston, which was reported in our local newspaper; but it all seems to have gone quiet, and the depot was supposed to have been opened by the end of this year.

I had heard about possible conflict of movements across the main line at Brantham, but I wouldn't have thought it too much of a problem, though there are some very busy spells at rush hours, when presumably stock would need to be released or accessed to the site. The Harwich branch is somewhat quieter-but it still needs to access the main line at either of the Manningtree triangle junctions. There was also local concern at the length of time the Manningtree level crossing would need to be closed; this is a major bottleneck already on a busy main road (albeit a 'B' road).

Thanks again.

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