Northern has revealed before and after images showing the £350,000 transformation of its Neville Hill depot in Leeds.
The project, which was completed in just 14 weeks, included the conversion of an old laundry room into a new modern production office, the installation of a new communication and briefing area with state-of-the-art interactive screens, and the upgrading of lighting.
The facility has also had a deep clean and a fresh lick of paint.
Neville Hill is one of Northern's largest depots, and it is responsible for the maintenance and repair of more than 300 trains. The depot employs around 600 people, and the transformation project is expected to create new jobs and apprenticeships.
Andrew Marden, TrainCare Centre manager at Neville Hill, said: "I'm delighted with the transformation of Neville Hill.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved in this project, the end result is absolutely fantastic. These changes will mean we can carry on our work to provide the best possible service for our customers.
“A successful Neville Hill benefits not only our customers, but the local community too.
“While customers will benefit from better maintained and more reliable trains; the local community will have access to employment opportunities supported by training and apprenticeships.”
The transformation of Neville Hill is part of Northern's commitment to improving the reliability of its trains. The company has also invested in new trains including brand-new electric Class 331’s introduced last year and new technology to improve the efficiency of its operations. Northern reported 61% punctuality of its service over the summer.
Northern is the second largest train operator in the UK, and it serves more than 500 stations across the North of England. The company carries around 100 million passengers a year.
In addition to the physical changes, Northern has also implemented a number of new procedures and processes at Neville Hill which it is hoped will improve improve efficiency and safety, and lead to even better performance in the future.
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