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Greater Anglia’s first refurbished Class 170 to re-enter service

The first of Greater Anglia’s (GA) refurbished Class 170 trains is to re-enter passenger service in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Arriva Traincare undertook the upgrade project at its Crewe facility under contract to Porterbrook Leasing, who are investing £5m into upgrading GA’s eight three-carriage and four two-carriage trains operating on routes including Norwich to Cambridge, Ipswich to Cambridge, Ipswich to Lowestoft and Norwich to Lowestoft.

The project is expected to be completed in early 2018.

The refurbished carriages boast more seats and plug points, with the 170 270 train being the first to receive the much-anticipated upgrade. The carriages will also have new cushions, backs and covers, carpets, as well as new flooring in the toilets, refurbished heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, new wall panels, repainted vestibules, grab handles and grab rails, a deep clean throughout and a new livery in Greater Anglia colours.

Speaking of the works, GA customer service director, Andrew Goodrum, said: “As part of the new nine-year franchise we will replace our entire fleet of trains with 1,043 brand new carriages, but in the meantime, I’m delighted that the refurbishment of our fleet of Class 170 trains will provide improved comfort and a better travelling experience for our customers.”

Earlier this month, the operator lobbied the government for investment in the region’s rail infrastructure, laying out 10 key priorities that needed to be addressed for the benefits of the franchise’s commitments to be “fully realised”.

(Image: c. Greater Anglia)

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Andrew Gwilt   07/03/2017 at 11:33

Greater Anglia could do more with refurbishing the other Class 321's with a new White livery and red doors and refurbishment inside including new interiors, seats, lighting and 30 of the Class 321's will have air-conditioning and wifi installed. Until new trains are to be delivered in 2019.

John Grant   07/03/2017 at 13:36

Good they're having carpets and aircon, unlike the GTR "refurbishment" of the 365s.

Tothehills   07/03/2017 at 15:31

This seems an odd expense given that GA are going to retire the 170's from their fleet in less than 2 years. Who foots the bill, the existing GA customer base or the ROSCO?

Jerry Alderson   07/03/2017 at 16:31

I agree with Jonn Grant. The Class 365s refurbisherd by FCC/GTR saw no improvements for passengers other than PRM facilities - and removed seat-back tables on some seats. What Greater Anglia is doing should with the Class 170s be a discernable improvement.

Steve B Collins   09/03/2017 at 15:50

I like the Class 170s. The Class 170's appearance is good. The Class 170s feel modern. The Class 170's image is good. The Class 170s needed a refubishment. The Class 170's facilities will be improved. The Class 170s will be fit for purpose.

Anglia Lad   11/03/2017 at 20:16

The Greater Anglia Class 170's "Turbostar" DMU's are to be cascaded once the new Bi-Mode Stadler Flirt trains have been built and delivered in 2019 to be used on the Ipswich-Felixstowe, Ipswich-Lowestoft, Ipswich-Cambridge, Ipswich-Peterborough (via Ely), Norwich-Great Yarmouth, Norwich-Lowestoft, Norwich-Sheringham (via Cromer), Norwich-Cambridge and Norwich-Peterborough (via Ely) routes. As well the Flirt Bi-Mode trains to also replace the Class 153's and Class 156's on those routes as well the Marks Tey-Sudbury line. The cascaded Greater Anglia Class 170's DMU's could be cascaded to other train operators such as London Midland, East Midlands Trains, Great Western Railway, Transpennine Express, Crosscountry, Abellio Scotrail or GTR Southern (to re-classified as Class 171's).

Simon   06/05/2017 at 15:49

Travelled from Ely to Wymondham on it today, a sensible upgrade given the timescale until new trains are in service. With the need for more frequent services anyway - certainly between Norwich and Cambridge and Ipswich and Peterborough they may remain with Anglia for longer than anticipated.

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