Greater Anglia testing new trains on Bury St Edmunds line
Rail passengers in Bury St Edmunds are beginning to see the first of a new generation of trains on Suffolk lines.
Greater Anglia is trialling and gradually rolling out the new three or four carriage model, which switches from diesel to electric power.
The franchise holder will eventually have 38 of the Swiss-built trains before 2021 across its network.
But passengers will have to wait until the spring or summer to see the promised on-board wifi and plug/USB sockets.
'I'm being tested, please do not attempt to board'.
Greater Anglia is still carrying out power, door sealing and passenger information tests - which need to be passed to meet UK regulation.
There are currently signs blocking the doors, reading 'I'm being tested, please do not attempt to board'.
Tests are being completed between Norwich and Cambridge, Sheringham, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth; Ipswich and Cambridge, Lowestoft, Felixstowe and Peterborough; and Marks Tey and Sudbury.
Ian McConnell, of Greater Anglia, said: “Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking delivery of more of these trains so customers will see them around and about our stations.
"I’m afraid they’re not in service yet – we need to carry out lots of tests to make sure they complete all of our standards for safety and performance before passengers can use them.”