East Midlands Railway starts almost €70 million fleet refurbishment program

East Midlands Railway starts almost €70 million fleet refurbishment program
© East Midlands Railway

The refurbishment work will be entirely conducted within the UK, potentially benefiting the local supply chain and employment.

(EMR) has initiated a £60 million refurbishment programme for its fleet, targeting Class 360, Class 158, and Class 170 trains. This project, in collaboration with Angel Trains, Siemens, Porterbrook, and Eversholt, represents a significant private sector investment and aims to modernize EMR's service offerings.

This move aligns with EMR's broader strategy, which includes the introduction of new Aurora Intercity trains, ensuring that the company's entire fleet will be updated or replaced.

Specifically, the Class 360 trains, part of EMR's electric fleet, are designated for EMR Connect and Luton Airport Express services, covering the route between Corby and London St Pancras. Upgrades for these trains are focused on improving passenger amenities, including new seating arrangements, luggage storage, charging points, and updated passenger information systems.

Class 170 of © East Midlands Railway
Class 170 of © East Midlands Railway

For regional services, the Class 170 fleet will receive enhancements designed to standardize the customer experience across the network. These improvements encompass new seating, a comprehensive interior refresh, and the installation of new passenger information systems and CCTV. The Class 158 fleet, serving the Liverpool to Norwich route, will undergo similar updates to improve passenger comfort and safety.

Class 158 of © East Midlands Railway
Class 158 of © East Midlands Railway

Will Rogers, Managing Director of EMR, highlighted the significance of this investment for passengers and the regional economy, noting the transformative impact it will have on travel experiences across EMR's network. The refurbishment is poised to offer increased convenience and comfort to commuters, leisure travellers, and airport passengers.

The refurbishment programme has also been lauded by Huw Merriman, Rail Minister, for its potential to bolster the UK rail industry and improve passenger journeys on the EMR network. The initiative is seen as a key step in modernizing the UK's railway system and enhancing the appeal of rail travel.

Partners involved in the project, including Eversholt Rail, Porterbrook, and Angel Trains, have expressed their commitment to improving the fleet and the passenger experience through this significant investment. Siemens Mobility, tasked with upgrades to the Class 360 fleet, is gearing up to implement enhancements that promise to elevate the passenger journey.

Details of the upgrades are expected to be further elaborated as the project progresses and designs are finalized, promising a new era of improved rail service for passengers across the East Midlands.

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