New Greater Anglia bimode train spotted on test run in Lowestoft

The Greater Anglia train on a test run in Lowestoft. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH

The Greater Anglia train on a test run in Lowestoft. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH - Credit: Archant

A brand new, hi-tech train for Greater Anglia soon to be carrying passengers across the region has been spotted at Lowestoft railway station.

However travellers will have to wait a little longer before boarding one, as this one was just on a test run ready for its eventual roll-out later in the year.

Greater Anglia is replacing its ageing train stock - some of which dates back to the 1970s - as part of a new franchise agreement to provide services across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

The first of the brand new Swiss-made trains was spotted at Ipswich station earlier this week, with the latest sighting at Lowestoft station on Friday afternoon.

The bimode diesel/electric trains are due to be in service later in 2019 and promise commuters greater comfort, more seats and benefits such as free wi-fi onboard.

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However they will need to be tested on every line they will run on, with every driver given specific training on how they work.

A Greater Anglia spokesman said earlier in the week that tests being carried out include the acceleration, braking and safety systems of the new trains.

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"Other tests underway include an extreme sway test, to check the train performs safely when travelling around curves," the spokesman said.

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