First view of Swiss-built bi-mode units for Greater Anglia

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 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 2020/21. This is the largest single order for units to be placed on behalf of a UK franchise, and of these Stadler will build 58 units.

Several vehicles for Greater Anglia in grey and red on the production line alongside a ‘Flirt’ driving car for SBB (Swiss Railways) with the white cabsides. All pictures: CHRIS MILNER

These are the first trains the established Swiss manufacturer has produced for UK operations, which also has orders for new trains for Merseyrail and the Glasgow Subway. The order is worth £600million and is financed by Rock Rail.

The bi-mode units 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.

Designated Class 755/3 and 755/4, 14 three- and 24 four-car units are on order, and will be used on regional services out of Norwich to Sheringham, Cambridge, Ipswich to Lowestoft, Marks Tey to Sudbury, as well as on through services from London to Lowestoft or Great Yarmouth.

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