Refresh of Class 317/6 trains complete
Abellio Greater Anglia has completed an upgrade of its fleet of 24 Class 317/6 electric trains that operate Cambridge to Liverpool Street and Cheshunt / Hertford East to Liverpool Street services.
The trains received an interior refresh and upgrade to improve passenger comfort, as part of a £1.3m investment by the train operator, and the work has been completed on budget and ahead of schedule.
The upgrade programme saw 96 carriages in total improved with new seat covers and vinyl flooring, new First Class seat covers and trim and carpets renewed, interiors re-sprayed (including grab handles and luggage racks) and new signage applied.
The work to improve the Class 317/6 trains was undertaken by Abellio Greater Anglia’s fleet maintenance team at the company’s Clacton-on-Sea Depot.
The first completed set of four carriages entered passenger service in June.
Andrew Goodrum, Customer Service Director, Abellio Greater Anglia said: “I’m delighted that, thanks to the focus of the team at Clacton Depot, this project has been completed ahead of time, delivering passenger improvements sooner than expected, providing improved comfort and a better travelling environment for our customers. This £1m upgrade is part of over £30m we are investing in improving customer service, upgrading trains and better train performance and cleanliness through our current franchise to October 2016.
“We will continue to do all we can to provide our customers with improving services.”
Class 317/6 trains are used on the West Anglia routes between London and Hertford, Harlow, Bishops Stortford and Cambridge.