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31.07.15

Abellio to refresh Class 321 trains in £4m upgrade

Abellio Greater Anglia will refurbish 40 of its Class 321 trains as part of a £4m investment in additional service improvements across its network.

The electric trains will be ‘refreshed’ to include new seat covers, better lighting and an ‘enhanced deep cleaning programme’.

Trains used on services to Southend, Chelmsford, Witham, Braintree, Colchester, Clacton, Harwich and Ipswich will all be targeted in the upgrade.

These will also undergo a programme of ‘specific reliability modifications’.

The franchise will extend this programme to the Class 317 fleet used on West Anglia services to Hertford East, Harlow, Bishops Stortford and Cambridge.

Refresh work will be carried out in-house at its Southend Victoria depot. 

Apart from a more frequent ‘heavy clean’ programme for all trains, the upgrade will also include a series of station renovations.

Amongst these are new platform seating at several mainline stations, better waiting rooms, new customer information screens at 35 stations, and improved accessibility arrangements.

Abellio’s managing director, Jamie Burles, said: “Despite a short franchise we have continued to invest above and beyond the commitments we agreed with the Department for Transport, constantly seeking to provide a better service for our customers. We will keep on investing and working to raise service standards throughout the remainder of our current franchise as well as making the case to ministers and the DfT for investment in major upgrades next summer.”

The enhancements will be implemented over the next four months as part of an overarching investment of £35.5m during its short franchise until October 2016.

Comments

Berty Whyte   31/07/2015 at 12:17

so basically is a C6+, scheduled every 6 years If I recall correctly

Andrew Gwilt   31/07/2015 at 20:48

So Abellio Greater Anglia will refurbish 40 of its Class 321 trains part of a £4m investment in additional service improvements across its network. What about the rest of the Class 321's (in total 94x Class 321's). Hopefully there will be new doors, lightings and mostly important-Air Conditioning which the Class 321's will be fully Air-Conditioned.

Simon J   01/08/2015 at 06:36

Nice to get the 321's refurbished, a super sensible EMU design built in the UK. Only thing wrong with them is the lack of a through corridor which was due to NSE employing an external design consultant , she thought corridors on the end were 'ugly', One good thing too is a lack of air con - something else not to go wrong which it does so often on more recent EMU's. They ride well too - better bogies than Siemens and Hitachi things. Only thing is they will be let down by the dreadful Abellio external livery - They would look good in Blue and Grey!

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