‘720’ passenger debut: Nos 720515/517 arrive at Shenfield with the 16.10 Southend Victoria to Liverpool Street service on 26 November 2020. Iain C. Scotchman

GREATER ANGLIA’S new suburban fleet has entered service, with the first Class 720 EMU carrying passengers on the Southend Victoria line on 26 November. The operator has also launched a consultation on plans for a timetable recast on the Great Eastern main line in December 2021.

GA has ordered 133x5-car Class 720s from Bombardier, financed by Angel Trains, which will work on its suburban services. Nos 720515/517 worked the first passenger service, the 16.10 Southend Victoria to Liverpool Street on 26 November, followed by the 17.25 return. A pair of units continued to be deployed into December.

Facilities on the new trains include USB and plug points, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, better passenger information screens, improved accessibility features and dedicated cycle spaces. The original order comprised a mixture of five-car and

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