UK’s first underfloor-heated trains start service
Marking a UK debut, cutting-edge electric commuter trains equipped with underfloor heating and operated by Greater Anglia have now entered service, running on two brand-new routes.
The 5.58 train from London Liverpool Street out to the city of Cambridge was recently handled by one of the newly developed trains, which has now made several trips between the two destinations. Meanwhile, another one of advanced trains entered passenger service on UK’s Hertford East line, which operates between Liverpool Street and Herefordshire, after completing earlier journeys between Cambridge and Stratford, among others.
These landmark journeys are a first for Greater Anglia’s Alstom electric trains, which were formerly known as Bombardier trains. The state-of-the-art trains have impressed both engineering and technology experts and passengers using them with their innovative designs and focus on passenger comfort levels.
Just as underfloor heating is a prized inclusion for homeowners delivering impressive energy savings and luxury comfort, the systems operating in the new trains provide the same advantages to their operators and those using them to commute. As householders with underfloor heating know well, these systems offer a significant reduction in equipment footprint with devices fitted out of sight. The use of underfloor warmth has allowed the train designers to increase the available leg room of passengers for a more comfortable travel experience – ideal on a long haul journey.
Along with underfloor heat, the trains offer commuters several other new features, from spaces for bicycles, accessible toilets, USB plug-in points, free Wi-Fi and dedicated air conditioning for the warmer months of the year.