Greater Anglia finalises new Stadler FLIRT train designs

Greater Anglia has finalised designs for its new Stadler rolling stock that will be phased into service from 2019-20.

A month ago, the company unveiled what the new FLIRT trains would look like, and opened up the plans for a consultation so that passengers could submit their views about the trains.

Over 1,000 people responded to the consultation and attended events to look at and discuss the plans.

Many approved of the seating layout, plug points and USB ports on the trains, as well as the large windows and easier access on and off the train.

They also provided feedback about some aspects of the carriage configuration, as well as the signage labelling and marking out of the cycle area.  

“Our priority for the new trains was to involve the public and stakeholders fully in the design process and we are pleased that this extensive consultation process has resulted in so much useful feedback which will inform and shape the final design,” said Mike Kean, franchise and programmes director at Greater Anglia.

“We will report back on how we’ve responded to comments and feedback and we are looking forward to transforming train services in East Anglia,” he added.

“The introduction of new trains will not only transform customers’ journeys, but lead to shorter journey times, more seats and make our service more reliable – generally making our customers lives a little easier.

“Every single route operated by Greater Anglia is due to benefit from the biggest-ever investment in trains in East Anglia, in a programme which will have wider benefits for the regional economy.”

The 378 intercity, Stansted Express and regional trains will be built by Stadler in Switzerland, whilst the suburban trains will be built by Bombardier in Derby. Trains will be maintained at existing depots at Norwich and Ilford, and a new facility at Brantham, near Manningtree

The plans are part of a £1.4bn investment in rolling stock for the operator, which is looking at bringing in 169 new trains totalling 1,043 carriages that will be equipped to be comfortable and modern for passengers.

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L Clowes   10/07/2017 at 16:01

Sorry citizens of Greater Anglia, looks like you will have to deal with one set of doors per carriage.

Harry   10/07/2017 at 16:54

Luckily for me I live on the Southend line so I will benefit from Class 720's😄

Andrew Gwilt   10/07/2017 at 18:38

Why one door on the Stadler Flirts. That's not going to help with overcrowding. Despite they be used on local rural lines in East Anglia (replacing the Class 153's Class 156's and Class 170's) and on the West Anglia line replacing the Class 379's and Class 317's. Whilst Bombardier Aventra trains will build to replace the Class 90's Intercity Mk3, Class 321's and Class 360's used on the London-Norwich line and Great Eastern lines.

Simon Eames1990   10/07/2017 at 23:01

The Stadler EMUs maximum speed should be at least 110 mph.

Andrew Gwilt   11/07/2017 at 07:44

Passengers will not be happy seeing the new Class 745's EMU and Class 755's "Bi-Mode" EDMU Flirts that Stadler are manufacturing the Flirts with one door on each carriage that will not help the flow of passengers boarding and alighting the train. But at least the Class 745's and Class 755's Flirts will be operating on West Anglia services and on the rural/local "Regional" lines in East Anglia replacing the Class 317's, Class 379's, Class 170's, Class 153's and Class 156's. Whilst Bombardier Aventra Class 720's EMU will be built and to replace the Class 321's and Class 360's used on the Great Eastern services and Class 90's Intercity Mk3's used on London-Norwich service and to be used on Stansted Express services replacing the Class 317's and Class 379's. With more extra trains ordered once the Stadler Flirts and Bombardier Aventra rolling stocks are built, delivered and are operating on all routes.

Pwt   11/07/2017 at 12:39

I don't think that people should be too quick to criticise Stadler here. They have a large range of products, most with multiple (large) doors on each side. I guess it's down to whatever the customer is prepared to pay for. On the plus side, the quality should be good, being Swiss!

Noam Bleicher   11/07/2017 at 12:47

The FLIRT vehicles are shorter than standard railway carriages, as they are carried on articulated bogies. The sole double-sliding door per bodyside should be adequate given these will be used for long-distance limited-stop services currently operated principally by 23 m-long Mk III carriages with a single-leaf door at each end.

Gabriel Oaks   12/07/2017 at 08:23

Accepting these articulated vehicles are shorter the operator will need to consider both increased dwell times and speed of emergency evacuation through one set of doors. If the units have full-width internal gangways then this will assist. With the doors located in the centre of each carriage the operator will also have to consider if there will be any excessive stepping distance on curved platforms.

Ad   12/07/2017 at 21:19

Can`t see why Greater Anglia, can`t seem to use the new class 800, what Virgin East Coast and GWR are going to use, as it looks a better design train, compare to this, and I don`t understand why it has one set of doors, and I agree with the step seating, it don`t look right. Me personally I don`t see anything wrong with the Class 90, DVT and Mark 3 coaches as they nice trains them.

Andy Sleff   02/12/2017 at 17:00

Will these trains be Driver Only?

James Miller   31/12/2017 at 13:03

I notice from other sites, that Flirts can have two pantographs. As Trowse bridge is less than thirty metres, does this mean that with clever pantograph automation, they could reach electrification on at least side of the River |Wensum at all times. Thus a new Trowse Bridge could be built without electrification!.

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