Abellio Greater Anglia's first five upgraded Class 317/5 trains enter service

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Rail passengers travelling between London and Broxbourne, Hertford East, Harlow, Bishops Stortford and Cambridge are benefiting from upgraded train interiors as Abellio Greater Anglia’s first five refurbished Class 317/5 trains enter service.

Abellio Greater Anglia’s fleet of 15 Class 317/5 electric trains are receiving a £1 million interior refresh and upgrade to improve passenger comfort.

All 60 carriages will receive new standard seat covers and vinyl flooring, new First Class seat covers, trim and carpets, interiors re-sprayed and new signage applied.


The work to improve the Class 317/5 trains is being undertaken by Abellio Greater Anglia’s fleet maintenance team at the company’s Clacton-on-Sea Depot.

Andrew Goodrum, Customer Service Director, Abellio Greater Anglia said: “The upgrade of our 15 Class 317/5 trains will provide improved comfort and a better on-train environment for our customers. This work is part of a wider £3.5m investment in a range of service upgrades - including initiatives to improve train reliability, additional resources for train presentation and cleaning, station presentation and painting schemes and upgrades to station and on-train information.

“We will continue to do all we can to provide our customers with improving services.”    

This project follows on from a similar upgrade programme for the company's 24 Class 317/6 trains and is due for completion in the autumn.