All Greater Anglia articles

  • Avanti West Coast SuperVoyagers at Winwick (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    On-train air quality standards to be reviewed following RSSB research


    UK: The Department for Transport has ordered a review of regulations governing exposure to air pollution on trains and at stations, after research commissioned from the Rail Safety & Standards Board found that air quality was ‘poorer than desired’ on some trains using diesel power. RSSB’s ...

  • West Midlands Trains Class 172 DMU at Acocks Green (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Direct awards agreed with Greater Anglia and West Midlands Trains


    UK: The Abellio-led Greater Anglia and West Midlands Trains businesses have agreed directly-awarded National Rail Contracts with the Department for Transport, ahead of the expiry of their Emergency Recovery Measures Agreement contracts on September 19. Both business are currently run as joint ventures between Abellio and ...

  • Trainees at Liverpool Street
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    Greater Anglia trainee programme develops skills


    UK: Greater Anglia is providing work experience placements on its Customer Service Traineeship course for 10 young people currently out of mainstream education or employment. The eight-week programme organised in partnership with Central Training Group combines classroom learning and work shadowing to support young people ...

  • gb Greater Anglia Class 720s head on view
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    Accessibility training extended to cover replacement bus teams


    UK: Greater Anglia has extended its accessibility awareness training scheme to include rail replacement bus teams. The online programme is delivered by a team of disabled trainers put together by equality trainer Sarah Rennie. It covers meeting and greeting disabled customers, and how to talk to ...

  • The first of Greater Anglia’s Bombardier Transportation Class 720 Aventra EMUs has entered passenger service (Photo: Greater Anglia).
    Rail Business UK

    Greater Anglia Class 720 Aventra EMUs enter service


    UK: The first two of 133 Aventra electric multiple-units which Bombardier Transportation’s Derby factory is supplying for Greater Anglia’s commuter routes entered passenger service on November 26. A pair of Class 720 EMUs formed the 16.10 service from Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street, returning as ...

  • gb Greater Anglia Class 745 Stadler inter-city trainset at London Liverpool Street
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    Track Your Train as signalling data added to Realtime Trains


    In RTT’s Detailed View, the aspect of the next signal the train would pass is denoted by the coloured icon top left. UK: The Realtime Trains web platform which provides independent train running information for the national network added a further layer of functionality on ...

  • gb Soham station image
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    Soham station construction contract awarded


    UK: Network Rail has awarded J Murphy Sons Ltd the contract to build the new Soham station, which will be served by Greater Anglia’s Ipswich – Peterborough services. An £18·6m funding package for the project has been put together by the Cambridgeshire ...

  • gb Greater Anglia Stansted Express Class 745_1 at Stansted Airport
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    Stansted Express Class 745/1 trainsets enter passenger service


    UK: The first two of the 10 Stadler Flirt Class 745/1 electric multiple-units ordered for Greater Anglia’s Stansted Express service entered passenger service on the route between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport on July 28. ‘This milestone marks the start of ...

  • gb Greater Anglia Aventra accessibility (2)
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    Accessibility features of Greater Anglia Aventra EMUs highlighted


    UK: Greater Anglia has unveiled the accessibility features of the Class 720 Aventra electric multiple-units which Bombardier Transportation is supplying to operate outer-suburban commuter services into London Liverpool Street. ‘Our new trains will be much better for our disabled customers’, said Rebecca ...

  • Greater Anglia ticket machine
    Rail Business UK

    Great Anglia temporarily closes ticket offices during lockdown


    UK: With its passenger numbers down by more than 90%, Greater Anglia temporarily closed 34 ticket offices with effect from April 19 and reduced opening hours at a further seven. Offices consistently selling less than 20 tickets/day have been closed, except for those near big hospitals. ...

  • gb Greater Anglia new Bombardier EMU on test at Liverpool Street
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    Aventra EMU reaches Liverpool Street


    UK: The first of the Class 720 Aventra EMUs which Bombardier Transportation is supplying for Greater Anglia’s commuter services has completed its first test run into London Liverpool Street station. As part of the testing programme, the EMU is expected to run over all of ...

  • Stadler Flirt EMU for Greater Anglia’s Stansted Express service between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport (Photo: Greater Anglia/Nick Strugnell).
    Rail Business UK

    Quartz keeps watch to help keep time


    UK: Greater Anglia has begun using software which was developed by Amey Consulting for Network Rail to better understand the performance of trains at stations and individual platforms. The Quartz software filters through existing train monitoring data streams to quickly and simply present to-the-second punctuality at ...

  • gb Greater Anglia new Bombardier train on test in Southend Victoria 2 (1)
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    First of Greater Anglia’s Aventra EMUs on test


    UK: Greater Anglia has begun testing the first of the 111 Aventra 25 kV 50 Hz electric multiple-units being supplied by Bombardier Transportation for its London commuter routes. In the early hours of March 17, the EMU was tested on the Southend Victoria line in what ...

  • Sheringham platform work
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    Lighter weight platform coping stones developed


    UK: Norfolk-based contractor RG Carter worked with Greater Anglia to create a platform edge coping stone weighing almost half as much as previous designs. This meant smaller machinery was needed to move and install the coping stones during the construction of a 80 m platform at Sheringham ...

  • gb - Greater Anglia Stadler trainset at Norwich Victoria sidings
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    Greater Anglia completes directly-managed Norwich Victoria sidings project


    UK: Greater Anglia has opened four sidings able to stable 12-car trains just outside Norwich station, with its first train using the facility on March 3. The operator directly managed the nine-month Norwich Victoria sidings project in its biggest infrastructure scheme to date, with Keltbray ...

  • Greater Anglia Class 720 Bombardier Transportation Aventra EMU
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    Greater Anglia’s first Class 720 commuter EMU delivered for testing


    UK: The first of the Class 720 Aventra electric multiple-units which Bombardier Transportation’s Derby factory is supplying for Greater Anglia’s London commuter services has been delivered to Ilford depot ahead of testing. Entry into passenger service is planned for spring this year, with the entire fleet ...

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    Non-PRM compliant trains get last-minute derogation


    UK: A few days ahead of the January 1 2020 deadline for ensuring compliance with tighter accessibility standards, the Department for Transport has granted limited dispensations for operators to keep in service for up to one year trains which do not meet the TSI-PRM requirements.

  • Abellio UK has agreed to sell 40% of its Greater Anglia rail franchise business to Mitsui & Co.

    Abellio to sell 40% stake in Greater Anglia to Mitsui


    UK: The Abellio UK subsidiary of Dutch national passenger train operator NS announced on January 17 that it had signed an agreement to sell 40% of its Greater Anglia business to Japanese trading group Mitsui & Co. Abellio said this would be the first time that a ...

  • Greater Anglia Managing Director Jamie Burles was joined by Rail Minister Paul Maynard (centre) and Mark Pendlington of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (second from right) to launch the nine-year franchise on October 17.

    East Anglia franchise is ‘deliberately ambitious’


    UK: ‘This is a deliberately ambitious franchise’, insisted Rail Minister Paul Maynard, speaking at London Liverpool Street station on October 17 to mark the launch of Abellio’s nine year contract to operate the East Anglia franchise. ‘We are using the franchise system to deliver a step change ...