February 21, 2018

Bombardier starts assembling Aventra EMUs for Greater Anglia

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Cab of the first Bombardier Aventra EMU for Abellio Greater Anglia. Cab of the first Bombardier Aventra EMU for Abellio Greater Anglia.

BOMBARDIER is preparing to start assembly at its Derby, Britain, plant of the 111 Aventra EMUs which it is supplying to Abellio Greater Anglia under a £900m contract.


The fleet will comprise 665 vehicles formed into 22 10-car and 89 five-car trains, which will start to enter service in 2019 on commuter services radiating from London Liverpool Street to Cambridge, Southend, Ipswich, Colchester, and Clacton.

Each air-conditioned train will be fitted with power sockets, USB connectors, and Wi-Fi, as well as accessible toilets, seat-back tables and underfloor heating. The EMUs will feature full-width inter-car gangways and information screens to indicate where there are empty seats.

However, the specification of the interior has not yet been finalised, following a public consultation which saw over 1000 people take part.

Greater Anglia has also ordered 58 Flirt UK multiple units of two types from Stadler, Switzerland, to replace its existing inter-city and regional trains, and assembly of these trains is already underway.

The total investment in the new fleets is £1.4bn.

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