Revealed! First look inside Greater Anglia's new regional trains
PUBLISHED: 15:13 21 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:53 21 September 2018
Airy open carriages, free fast wifi and a USB point for every passenger – Greater Anglia have unveiled the inside of their new regional trains.
The rail company have released video and images taken inside one of their brand new bi-mode trains, which are set to replace every engine on its network next year.
They feature additional seats, each with its own electric plug and USB point and double sliding doors to make boarding easier.
They also have a retractable step to improve wheelchair, pushchair and luggage access from the platform.
Greater Anglia recently came under fire from disabled Norwich-based comedian Tanyalee Davis for failing to provide disabled toilets and adequate space for wheelchair users.
The train company said they have used feedback from disability professionals and disabled rail users to improve their accessible seating areas.
They have also confirmed each train will be equipped with an accessible toilet and emergency help button.
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said: “These three and four carriage trains are replacing the existing single or two carriage trains which run on rural routes such as Norwich to Great Yarmouth, Ipswich to Lowestoft and Marks Tey to Sudbury.
“I think they’ll like the seating arrangements which gives every seat either a table or seat back table and we’ve used an expert to make sure the seats themselves are as comfortable as they can be.”
However some twitter users were underwhelmed by the big reveal, expressing concerns about reduced leg room and uncomfortable seats.
Paul Wright wrote: “We could look at the very thin foam seats with upward curve to put your legs to sleep. The reduction in space between seats reducing leg room just like Ryan air.”
The images of the new carriages were taken yesterday at the InnoTrans train exhibition in Berlin, as Swiss train manufacturer, Stadler, unveiled the first complete bi-mode train built for Greater Anglia.
The trains will use electricity where it is available from overhead lines – but can use a diesel power-car in the middle of the train to drive the train on routes which are yet to be electrified.
It is hoped the new engines will not only make travel more efficient for passengers but also be a greener alternative to their predecessors.
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