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Greater Anglia puts new trains into passenger service

Greater Anglia ran its new Bombardier Class 720 trains in passenger service for the first time on Thursday 26 November 2020.

Two of the new five-car trains were used coupled together to form ten carriages for the 16:10 service to London Liverpool Street, from Southend Victoria, before returning as the 17:25 from Liverpool Street, arriving in Southend Victoria at 18:28.

First Bombardier in service.

Bombardier is delivering 133 of the new ‘Aventra’ five-carriage commuter trains, which will mostly run into London Liverpool Street from Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Ipswich.

Ian McConnell, Greater Anglia franchise and programmes director, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have put the first of our brand-new Bombardier trains in passenger service.

“All through the pandemic, our teams have been working hard to carry out safety and performance tests on these trains, in partnership with Bombardier.

“At the same time, we’ve been training our staff and getting stations ready for these new trains.

Driver David Clibbens with the first Bombardier in passenger service.

“We’re confident these new trains will improve our customers’ journeys as they are longer with more seats and all the mod-cons modern passengers expect.

“Last year, Network Rail finished a long-term programme to completely replace the overhead wire system which was installed in the 1950s on the Southend Victoria line and we are now introducing brand new trains on this route, so together we’re transforming the railway in this region.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com
SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST. A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series. Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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