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New trains on Ipswich to Cambridge route

Greater Anglia introduced new, longer passenger trains into service yesterday (Nov 26) on the busiest regional route.

One of the new Swiss-built trains is now operational on the line between Ipswich, Bury St Edmund and Cambridge, which carries over one million passenger journeys a year.

One, two and three carriage trains currently run on this route, and will soon be replaced by new three and four carriages to meet capacity demand.

Last week saw the state-of-the-art trains come into passenger service on the Ipswich-Felixstowe, equipped with more seating, plug and USB socks, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, better information screens and improved accessibility features.

The bi-mode trains are powered by diesel and electricity and provide a greener alternative to the existing diesel trains, with a more modern braking system that releases less brake dust and lower emissions.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said:

“The Ipswich to Cambridge route is our busiest regional route.

“We were really keen to introduce longer trains on the route as soon as we could to improve our customers’ journeys.

“We are now offering intercity quality on a regional service – ideal for people travelling to work, school, university and for leisure.”

The replacement of every single train on the network began in July, as part of a £600m investment into more modern trains and are now in service on the Norwich to Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Cambridge and Sheringham and Ipswich to Felixstowe lines.

Greater Anglia is getting 58 trains from Stadler, including 38 bi-mode trains and 20 electric trains – ten for the intercity route between Norwich and London and ten for the Stansted Express route.

 

Photo: Greater Anglia

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