UK rail operator Greater Anglia has given a sneak peek inside its futuristic new trains due to be deployed across the east of England as early as 2019. The completely redesigned fleet includes more spacious layouts and brings mod-cons such as free high-speed Wi-Fi and "state-of-the-art" passenger information displays.
The £1.4bn revamp sees the rail operator's entire fleet replaced with 169 new trains that will not only offer a better on-board experience for passengers, but also cut journey times, improve reliability and increase carriage capacity. Great Anglia has ordered more than 1,000 new carriages that have been designed according to feedback from both investors and rail passengers.
All trains will feature free WiFi, at-seat plugs and USB ports, air conditioning and more comfortable seats. The new carriages have also been designed to be more accessible to wheelchair users, visually impaired passengers and other travellers with specific needs.
Greater Anglia plans to grow its fleet size by around 10% by 2025 and will introduce more frequent services in order to increase reliability. The operator said it will run nearly a third more trains every hour during off-peak times and wants to increase punctuality from 89% currently to 92.9% by 2025.
Greater Anglia claimed that its rail service would be "unrecognisable" from the one it operates currently by 2021.
The first new trains are due to be introduced in 2019, with the complete fleet in place by the end of the following year. Derby-based Bombardier and Swiss company Stadler will be responsible for building the new rolling stock.
Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles said the company would continue to seek feedback from customers to "help inform the final design specification".
"We are looking forward to transforming train services in with the complete replacement of our entire current fleet with brand new trains in 2019/20, which will bring improvements not just to the on-board environment, but also to capacity, journey times and reliability across our network," he said.
"We're pleased to be able to share the planned design and layouts of the trains which have been developed based on extensive consultation. We're keen to hear our customers' views".
You can view all of the new carriage designs and offer feedback on Greater Anglia's website.