Main line testing of the low-floor regional trains began at the start of 2019, and the BMUs are now undergoing the remainder of the testing and commissioning programme which needs to be completed before entry into passenger service later this summer.

Stadler says approval for the 14 three-car bimodal sets and the 20 12-car class 745 inter-city EMUs is expected towards the end of the summer.

Stadler was awarded a contract in 2016 to supply 14 class 755/3 three-car and 24 class 755/4 four-car BMUs, ten 12-car class 745/0 EMUs and ten 12-car class 745/1 EMUs. The new fleet will replace Greater Anglia’s existing inter-city, regional and Stansted Express trains.

The fleet, which will be leased to Greater Anglia, is being financed by Rock Rail East Anglia, a joint venture between Rock Rail, Aberdeen Standard Investments and GLIL Infrastructure.