Video: See Greater Anglia’s new train in action for the first time
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The first new Swiss-built train destined to enter service on Greater Anglia next year has been shown off at a test track in the Czech Republic.
The Stadler Flirt hybrid train – which will travel by electric power under wires and by diesel engine on rural lines – was shown off at a test track.
It is still an empty shell, but it is the first time the train has been seen operating.
Swiss-based Stadler is building a fleet of hybrid trains for rural routes, including Ipswich-Cambridge/Peterborough, Ipswich to Lowestoft and Ipswich to Felixstowe.
The company is also building a fleet of InterCity trains for the main line between London and East Anglia.
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The new trains are due to start entering service in the middle of next year and to have taken over all those services by the start of 2020, allowing a major improvement in Greater Anglia’s timetables in December 2019.
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