We believe we’re only one software iteration away from the version we’ll use for passenger service with Greater Anglia on the “720s”.’

Aventra for Anglia: Class 720 vehicle in ‘G’ shop at Bombardier’s Derby works on 6 March 2020.
Philip Sherratt

Construction has also begun on pioneer builds of Class 730s EMUs for West Midlands Trains. Two types will be built – a three-car as will be used on the Cross City line in Birmingham (see photo overleaf) and a five-car as will be deployed on London Northwestern branded services.

Mr Byrne said type testing on these is planned to begin this spring, to be followed by a series build, with the aim of starting deliveries in early 2021.

At present Bombardier has six Aventra production lines:

◻ one finishing off the final vehicles for Crossrail (Class 345) and London Overground;

◻ two for Greater Anglia;

◻ two for SWR; and

◻ one for WMT.