Cambridge celebrates new state-of-the-art trains
Although East Anglia and Cambridge in particular, have long benefitted from excellent transport links, the trains crisscrossing the area have become a little dated. Offering very little in the way of extras, these old-fashioned locomotives have been trundling across the East Anglian countryside for decades.
This year, however, things are changing. Thanks to significant investment in the region’s railways, East Anglia is now home to a number of state-of-the-art trains.
As well as being faster, smoother and more stylish, these high-tech carriages come with a range of bonus features, helping passengers to get more from their journeys across the region.
A few years ago, Greater Anglia Railways put in a £1.4bn order for new trains. These new modern trains would replace the ageing diesel-powered stock that had been plying local and regional routes around East Anglia for decades.
Now, just three short years later, the company has taken delivery of the first of their new locomotives.
These new trains can run on either diesel or electricity and offer more seats and more legroom as well as air conditioning. They also provide passengers with a range of extras, including plugs, USB sockets, and fast, free WiFi.
These new trains make it easier for all passengers to use the service. As @greateranglia says, “The Stadler trains have lower floors, with sliding steps at every door which bridge the gap between the train and the platform, making it easier to get on and off the train with wheelchairs and pushchairs.”
Initially, these new state-of-the-art trains will run on the Norwich-Cambridge route. Linking two of the region’s biggest and most vibrant cities, this route is used by thousands of commuters every day.
Eventually, the new trains will be rolled out to cover much of East Anglia, including routes to Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Ipswich, Peterborough and Felixstowe. These trains will also soon begin to run on the lines linking Norwich with London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport.
Creating new infrastructure for East Anglia
As more and more people move to Cambridge and the surrounding area, the demand on local transport services is growing. In order to keep up with this demand, and keep the region moving, East Anglia’s infrastructure needs constant upgrades and ongoing maintenance.
Adding these longer, more comfortable and more high-tech trains to local routes provides residents with the transport links they deserve.
The new Greater Anglia trains are just one of the transport upgrades currently happening in Cambridge and the surrounding area. From bike paths to buses and roads to railways, the region is seeing a huge amount of investment and innovation. To find out more, and to learn about the high-quality accommodation options available in the area, explore our site or get in touch with a member of our team.