At its UK factory on Derby, Bombardier has started the assembly of the first Aventra electric units for Alpha Trains and Abellio. 22 10-car trains and 89 5-carriage trains will be built, and the first are expected to enter revenue service in 2019.
The new units will be used for commuter services into London Liverpool Street from Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. The trains will have a mixture of three by two seating, and pairs of seats, which will all include lumbar support. The carriages will be light and airy with no doors between carriages, so that passengers can easily walk from one carriage to another.
The exact specification of the interior has not yet been signed off, following a public consultation which saw over 1,000 people take part.
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