Greater Anglia Bombardier Aventras (Class 720): Technical discussion and introduction

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RailWonderer

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Not any more. 15:44 now forms 16:02 and 16:14 forms 16:32 according to Real Time Trains
Presumably this is for social distancing, so that no 4 car trains run at any time of day. That might explain why 4 car 360s in the middle of the day have been replaced with 8 car bins and all 360s are working in 8 car now.
 

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Do you remember how awful that was? Trains often severely overcrowded & punters in all the wrong areas on the platforms. Twice I seem to recall it being brought in then abolished again. Woulsnt cope now with all the Stratford traffic.
Before I commuted to London, most of our rail journeys were Sundays and thus 4-car 315s for years. Absolutely awful, conditions just as bad as weekday peaks were in 2019. A disgrace that it continued for so long.
 

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Presumably this is for social distancing, so that no 4 car trains run at any time of day. That might explain why 4 car 360s in the middle of the day have been replaced with 8 car bins and all 360s are working in 8 car now.
its a permanent diagram rather than for social distancing.
 

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I think the 1513 Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria is still a 4 car train and rammed still as its the penultimate Romford stopper before the evening peak.

Is there any news on when we may see the first 720 in passenger service? I was led to believe it was planned for 24th August, but nothing happened.
 

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I think the 1513 Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria is still a 4 car train and rammed still as its the penultimate Romford stopper before the evening peak.

Is there any news on when we may see the first 720 in passenger service? I was led to believe it was planned for 24th August, but nothing happened.
Towards the end of the year I thought but might be surprised.
 

James321

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Hello, I just wondered asking.

Ilford drivers sign Southend, Southminster Braintree, Ipswich, Harwich Town

Southend drivers sign Southend, Braintree, Southminster

I am correct ?
 

Gulf1159

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Hello, I just wondered asking.

Ilford drivers sign Southend, Southminster Braintree, Ipswich, Harwich Town

Southend drivers sign Southend, Braintree, Southminster

I am correct ?
Definitely correct regarding Southend. Ilford is correct too but I believe they sign Clacton too
 

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Toilet provision-wise 3 loos in a 10 car unit isn't all that bad, the GA Class 745 12 car units only have five loos, many 4 car units too such as Class 331 and Class 319 only have one. Even worse the Class 345 9 car units have NO toilets despite when Crossrail opens Reading to Shenfield and Abbey Wood been a fair distance with no onboard toilets.
I seem to recall a 319 had two loos - facing each other across the gangway at one end of the coach. I could be wrong and thinking of some other Mk3 unit and it does not leave me recalling an accessible loo ?.
 

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I seem to recall a 319 had two loos - facing each other across the gangway at one end of the coach. I could be wrong and thinking of some other Mk3 unit and it does not leave me recalling an accessible loo ?.
I believe you are correct; however in the past few years the original toilets have been removed in favour of a single, larger accessible toilet, as you can see here (not my photo):
The interior of a class 319 - to the left is a large round sliding door leading to the accessible toilet, with some seats in front.
 
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ANy Class 720 updates on fault free running - entry into service. I would imagine that now the majority of 710's are in service, Bombardier may have more resource to put behind the 720's?
 
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While not an update to fault-free running there are some introduction time estimates; the 720s will be entering service in under 4 days on the Southend Victoria branch! :lol:
 

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