Greater Anglia transforming Ilford depot ready for new trains

A major scheme to prepare Ilford depot for the arrival of more of Greater Anglia’s new trains is progressing.

To accommodate the train operator’s longer new trains and to facilitate their care and maintenance as more come into service during 2021, the Essex depot – built in the late 1940s – is undergoing a series of modifications and upgrades.

The redevelopment heralds a new era for East Anglia’s railways, with better facilities to house and maintain Greater Anglia’s new electric commuter trains being built by Bombardier.

The entire redevelopment is due for completion in 2021, with a new storage shed, additional train stabling facilities and upgraded carriage wash still to be completed.

Martin Beable, Greater Anglia’s Engineering Director, said, “The coming months will be an exciting and busy period as we progress this major project to prepare the depot for more new trains.”

The first of Greater Anglia’s brand-new electric commuter trains entered passenger service in Essex last month.