Bury St Edmunds passengers to benefit from new Greater Anglia trains
Bury St Edmunds rail passengers will be among those to benefit from a new generation of trains - Greater Anglia has confirmed.
The 'bi-mode' model trains, which switch from diesel to electric power, have been introduced along some lines this week (from July 29).
These will replace some of the unpopular older generation of trains across the network, some of which are 40 years old.
Greater Anglia has spent £1.4billion in the upgrades and will have 38 of the Swiss-built trains running by 2021.
"Every train is longer," a spokesman commented.
"They will also improve reliability and resilience with three and four carriage trains replacing a fleet of one, two and three carriage trains, many of which are nearly 40-years-old."
Monday's 7.47am service to Norwich from Lowestoft was the first journey in what is to be a phased roll-out - with more to be added over the summer.
The new trains will also include on-board wifi and USB sockets.
Where the new trains will run:
Norwich and Great Yarmouth
Norwich and Lowestoft
Norwich and Sheringham
Norwich and Cambridge
Ipswich and Lowestoft
Ipswich and Felixstowe
Ipswich and Cambridge
Ipswich and Peterborough
Marks Tey and Sudbury
The bi-mode trains are part of a £600m investment in new Stadler trains for the region which have been financed by Rock Rail East Anglia and will be leased to Greater Anglia for the life of the franchise.
The decision has been backed by new Transport Secretary and former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps.
He said: “This is an exciting time for passengers on Greater Anglia, with the arrival of modern, spacious and accessible new trains helping to transform journeys and boost business and tourism.
“As we invest a record £48billion to modernise our rail network, we are seeing the introduction of thousands of new trains right across the country, enabling faster, greener journeys that benefit local communities and the environment.”