Bombardier & Greater Anglia

Testing has begun of the trains being built by Bondholder Bombardier for the Greater Anglia train company to operate into London Liverpool Street.

Bombardier is building 111 trains for Greater Anglia which will run from Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire into London and the newly built trains are being put through their paces at 110mph at the Railway Innovation and Development Centre test tract at Old Dalby, Leicestershire.

The acceleration and braking systems of the train are being tested, as well as a number of safety systems. Other tests underway include an extreme sway test, which checks physically how much a train may sway when travelling around curves to check no infrastructure or part of the train is damaged.

Ian McConnell, Greater Anglia franchise and programme director, said: “It’s good to see one of our new Bombardier trains running at full speed on the test track. These trains are going to transform our customers’ experience of rail travel in this region as we replace old trains with brand new state-of-the-art modern trains.”

Andy Derbyshire, UK Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Transportation said: “This is an exciting time for our Aventra platform and our product for Greater Anglia. We are looking forward to completing the tests and seeing the new trains in passenger service.”

The Bombardier trains will have underfloor heating – a first for UK trains – which will work with an overhead heating and ventilation system to improve passenger comfort and increase foot room for passengers sitting in window seats.

The first of the new Bombardier trains is expected to come into service at the end of this year and all of them should be in service by the end of 2020.