Greater Anglia has invested £1.4 billion in replacing its existing diesel fleet with 169 new trains. The electric and bi-mode trains, which switch between diesel and electricity, offer more seats, extra legroom, air conditioning, plug and USB points, as well as better accessibility.
The new stock went into service at the end of July, with the first journey in the region taking place between Lowestoft and Norwich.
Since then, the trains have been introduced on the Norwich to Cambridge route and from today will be rolled out on services between Norwich and Great Yarmouth.
Chris Heaton-Harris, minister for rail at the Department of Transport, was in Norwich for the launch event and said the new investment would make the region the envy of the country when it comes to rail infrastructure.
Mr Starkie said: “The trains are part of a brand new fleet serving the region. They’re quieter, they’re faster, they are more reliable and have more space for passengers.
“As a LEP we are delighted to have played a key part in helping to secure this £1.4 billion investment. It means for the first time, passengers in Norfolk and Suffolk are travelling on brand new trains for those trips to London or trips to the seaside.”