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