GREATER Anglia (GA) has shown the trade press the first bi-mode multiple unit (BMU) which is being built by Stadler in Switzerland.
When Abellio won the re-tendered franchise which will run from October 2016 to 2025, it announced a major fleet upgrade comprising of 1,043 new vehicles that would be formed into 169 multiple units to be in service by 2020/1. This is the largest single order for units to be placed on behalf of a UK franchise, and of these Stadler will built 58 units. These are the first units the established Swiss manufacturer has produced for UK operations. The order is worth £600m and is financed by leasing company Rock Rail.
The bi-mode unit will be built in both three- and four-car formations and will seat 167 passengers (144 seats and 23 tip-up seats) and 229 passengers (202+27 tip-up) respectively.
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Designated Class 755/3 and 755/4, 14 three- and 24 four-car units are on order and these will be used on regional services out of Norwich to Sheringham, Cambridge, Ipswich to Lowestoft, Marks Tey-Sudburyas well as on through services from London to Lowestoft or Great Yarmouth. GA also plans to introduce a Norwich to Stansted Aiport service as an extension of the Cambridge service.
The units also include a novel ‘power pack’ which eliminates the need for underfloor engines and is future proof, being able to harness alternative technology.
Full story in the June issue of The Railway Magazine, on sale June 6.