Greater Anglia introduced its first Class 745 EMU into passenger service on 8 January on its inter-city route between London Liverpool Street and Norwich.
No 745007 was first to carry passengers, operating the 07.40 Norwich to Liverpool Street, 10.00 return and two further return workings. GA has ordered 20 Class 745s from Stadler – 10 Class 745/0 inter-city sets for the Norwich route and 10 Class 745/1s primarily for Stansted Express services.
The ‘745s’ are replacing loco-hauled Class 90/Mk 3 sets on the London to Norwich route. GA is aiming to replace the loco-hauled sets at a rate of approximately one a week with all withdrawn by the end of March.
Meanwhile, the operator has now accepted 30 of its 38 Class 755 bi-mode sets also supplied by Stadler, with only one unit yet to be delivered to the UK. A ‘755’ carried passengers for the first time on GA’s Ipswich to Peterborough service on 6 January, leaving the Sudbury branch as the only regional route yet to see a Stadler unit in service. All GA’s remaining Class 156s are due to move to East Midlands Railway by the end of January along with the sole remaining Class 170 to Transport for Wales, leaving regional services entirely in the hands of Class 755s.