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Greater Anglia Intercity (UK)

What to look out for so that you can make the most of the journey experience when travelling on a Greater Anglia Intercity train service.

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At a Glance

Catering

Food services available

Bar (sandwiches, snacks, salads)
Trolley Service:
Accessibility

Accessing the train

Bikes Allowed
Wheelchair Spaces
Travel Pass Supplement

Rail Pass Reservation Fees
Time of Day

Day
Country

Which country these trains operate in.

Great Britain
Travel Passes
Eurail
Other

On Board

First

Perks
WiFi

A complimentary WiFi portal is available throughout this train.

Power Socket (UK)

The power sockets on this train are compatible with the standard 3-point plugs as typically used in the UK.

On Board
The seats are 2 + 1 across the aisle, so many seats have no place beside them The seats are 2 + 1 across the aisle, so many seats have no place beside them
General view of First Class seating saloon General view of First Class seating saloon

In contrast to Standard Class the seats in First Class are arranged 2 + 1 across the aisle, so the seating saloon has a more spacious atmosphere, the seats are also larger, are spaced further apart and offer more legroom.

Also all First Class seats are at tables.

On Monday to Friday only complimentary refreshments are available from the Café bar which is adjacent to the First Class coaches.
Show your ticket at the counter and you will be able to select from:

  • Coffee; Freshly brewed on board
  • Tea; Yorkshire Tea, Earl Grey, Green Tea or Peppermint
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Still water
  • Snacks including a selection of biscuits
    Other items including hot and cold sandwiches are charged at the usual price.

Standard

Perks
WiFi

A complimentary WiFi portal is available throughout this train.

Power Socket (UK)

The power sockets on this train are compatible with the standard 3-point plugs as typically used in the UK.

On board
Some seats are raised up, so that you step into them Some seats are raised up, so that you step into them
The Standard Class coaches flow into each other The Standard Class coaches flow into each other
Luggage racks are located by the doors Luggage racks are located by the doors
A fairly high number of the Standard Class are at tables A fairly high number of the Standard Class are at tables

If they're available when you board it's worth targeting the table seats in Standard Class, they feel more spacious and they also tend to line up with the windows.
Despite the trains being articulated with no doors between some of the coaches, there are distinct areas to the open plan seating saloons in Standard Class.
More of the seats at each end of some of the coaches have tables, and they're also raised up, which can give a better view out of the windows.

The travel experience

The on board info displays give details of the destination and calling points The on board info displays give details of the destination and calling points
The on board displays also show where the facilities on the train are located The on board displays also show where the facilities on the train are located
The yellow strips on two coaches at one end of the train show that they're First Class The yellow strips on two coaches at one end of the train show that they're First Class

Greater Anglia typically uses these new 12 coach trains on its primary London - Colchester - Ipswich - Norwich route.

Catering

The cafe in coach C (the sets in this coach aren't for cafe customers) The cafe in coach C (the sets in this coach aren't for cafe customers)

So that the cafe bar can be adjacent to the First Class coaches it is located in coach C, which in effect results in it being located at the opposite end of a fairly lengthy train from some of the Standard class coaches.

So if you know that you'll want to use the cafe and will be boarding without a reservation, take a seat in coach D.
Avoid if possible the seats in coach C to avoid being disturbed by the cafe bar customers.

Though at some point during the journey a catering trolley will be taken through the train, if it is available its presence will be announced by the on board conductor.

Seat Reservations:

It would seem as though seat reservations are not available on these new trains.
They had been available on their predecessors and Greater Anglia had announced that seat reservations would be suspended while a mix of new trains entered service, but when SMTJ purchased Advance tickets recently, seats weren't assigned and no seat reservation info was present within the trains.

There is also no current info relating to how to reserve seats on the Greater Anglia website.

Bicycles:

The bike racks are located in coach D, though reservations are required; non-folding bicycles cannot be taken on any other part of the train.

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