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Greater Anglia’s new trains from Bombardier are undergoing the last of over 1,000 checks in preparation for them entering passenger service.
During the past two years, the Greater Anglia project team has been working with manufacturer Bombardier and the necessary bodies to make sure that the design, build and delivery are in one with requirements.
Engineers at Greater Anglia have been running through the updates and manuals that have been sent by Bombardier to check everything is to a satisfactory level.
This approach is to make sure that all Greater Anglia passengers benefit from the new trains.
David Glass, Greater Anglia’s Fleet Engineering Manager, explains, “Before any train can be put into service, Bombardier has to provide us a full suite of manuals that include how the trains are maintained, a breakdown of how all the individual systems work, fault-finding guides and details of all the key elements involved in using the trains in a practical sense.”
“There are 1,220 checks and procedures for every new Bombardier train, and we have been working through these details over the past couple of years.”
“We’re now at a point where out of the 1,220 checks, we’ve finished all but a final few on each train. In fact, we’ve completed over 95% of them – so it’s been very good progress and we look forward to them coming into service later this year.”
Will Tanner, Director Communications, Bombardier Transportation said, “Testing is important for the introduction of any new train fleet, but is particularly important for a train as advanced as these new British-designed and built AVENTRA trains. We are working as a team with Greater Anglia to get everything ready so passenger service can start as soon as possible.”
Greater Anglia’s new trains will be seen running into London Liverpool Street from Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridge and Ipswich.
The first of the new Bombardier trains are due to enter passenger service later this year.
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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