Stadler 755/4 approved for use by ORR

THE Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has approved the use by Greater Anglia (GA) of the Stadler ‘Flirt’ Class 755 four-car bi-mode multiple units. 

These are the first Swiss trains to be built for the privatised railway, with testing only starting in January. 

The first Stadler Class 745 No. 745002 EMU to have arrived in the UK sits with three Stadler Class 755 bi-mode sets – Nos. 755413/415/416 – at Kimberley sidings on the Mid-Norfolk Railway on May 30. There are subtle colour scheme differences between the all-electric Class 745 and bi-mode Class 755, the former having more white on the side of the leading vehicle. AUBREY EVANS

GA has ordered 24 four-car sets (and also 14 three-car, which had not been approved when The RM closed for press), which have been undergoing extensive testing over the past few months. 

The three-car sets will replace the Class 153, 156 and 170 fleets used on many local and rural services in Norfolk and Suffolk, as well as replacing the Class 37 loco-hauled train used on Norwich to Yarmouth/Lowestoft workings.

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