Greater Anglia has introduced its first Stadler Flirt bi-mode unit into passenger service.
Four-car unit No 755410 was the first of the type to carry passengers on 29 July, working the 07.47 Lowestoft to Norwich service. The maiden unit displaces the loco-hauled set comprising Class 37 locos and Mk 2 coaches which GA has hired in recent years to cover for a lack of available DMUs, working trips between Norwich and Great Yarmouth/Lowestoft, although the loco-hauled set remains available to the operator until the end of August.
GA has 58 trains on order from Stadler as part of a £600 million investment financed by Rock Rail. Thirty-eight are Class 755 bi-modes (24×4-car and 14×3-car) for regional services across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex, with the other 20 being 12-car Class 745 EMUs, 10 for Norwich inter-city services and 10 for the Stansted Express.