Colchester depot benefits from new train washer

Greater Anglia has just installed a brand-new carriage washer machine at Colchester depot. The machine was initially installed in August and can wash up to 70 carriages an hour.

The £1.5m machine is more efficient and effective, saving water, energy and time; and a hand washing regime was also put in place to maintain high standards whilst the machine was installed.

As part of a £4m project - which aims to improve train cleaning - the washers at Clacton, Ilford depot and Orient Way in London were also refurbished, as the company introduces new trains, and a new washer was installed at Southend Victoria depot in March.

The cleaning upgrades make up part of a £1.4bn investment to transform train services in East Anglia.

Greater Anglia is currently replacing all trains in its fleet with brand-new ones, all of which are longer, include more seats, USB and plug sockets, fast free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and improved accessibility features, on top of designated cycle spaces.




As the country recovers from the pandemic and customers return to rail, some trains and stations are getting busier, therefore more trains have been added to the timetable and customers are being encouraged to use the full length of trains and platforms.

The operator’s ‘Less Busy Trains tool’ is also available to customers who wish to opt for a quieter train.

Martin Moran, Greater Anglia’s Commercial, Customer Services and Train Presentation Director, said “we are very pleased to have a new train washer at Colchester.”

The Director continued, "the new washers will improve the quality and standard of train washing, as well as helping to save up to 10% of the volume of water needed, compared to what was previously used.”

He added, “our new trains look great and we want to keep them looking this way for years to come, which is why we are heavily investing in cleaning. We are currently in the process of replacing every single train in our fleet to make our customers’ journeys easier and more comfortable.” 

"I would like to thank everyone who was involved in this project."

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