Station plans move forward after accommodating underfloor-heated trains
UK train operator Greater Anglia’s deployment plans for the all-new Alstom commuter trains has advanced, following a platform extension in the Essex town of Wickford’s railway station. Platform 1 has now been lengthened to suit the longer Alstom trains, which also offer luxury comforts to their passengers, such as underfloor heating, overhead heating and dedicated air conditioning.
The new trains will be cleaner and greener, while offering increased capacity onboard. The Alstom commuter trains also offer customers Wi-Fi and USB plug points for powering devices, new digital passenger information solutions and both seating and toilets that are easily accessible for those with disabilities.
A total of 133 of the cutting-edge trains have so far been ordered from Alstom, which will serve commuters from London’s Liverpool Street to Essex, as well as Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.
The inclusion of overhead and underfloor heating systems is an engineering choice designed to maximise customer comfort by providing window seat passengers with extra foot room.
Greater Anglia’s Director for Franchise and Programmes, Ian McConnell, commented:
“We are investing in Wickford to make it better for our customers. The proposed work will transform the station, bringing in new facilities for the 2.2 million people who use the station each year.”
The longer platform at Wickford is now fully operational and is being used by customers using the station’s services. The platform extension is part of a £4 million investment to modernise the Essex station, which includes a brand-new ticket office, an accessible waiting area, CCTV, new toilets and customer information displays.