The first of 119 Mk 3 coaches to be refurbished in a £12 million project entered traffic today (February 2).
Standard Open (TSO) 12013 formed part of the 0930 Norwich-London Liverpool Street.
The work has included: fitting the Mk 3s with plug points; new LED lighting; new carpets, tables and seat covers; upgraded environmentally-friendly controlled emission toilets with new floors and new taps; and repainting of the carriage interior saloon and vestibule panels, walls and ceilings.
The work is being carried out by Vossloh Kiepe at a specially prepared facility at Norwich Crown Point. The first full set of refurbished carriages is due to enter service in the spring, with the full programme completed by the end of the train operator’s current short franchise in October 2016.
Abellio Greater Anglia Managing Director Jamie Burles said: “This milestone marks a significant step forward in our commitment to raise service standards on the Great Eastern Main Line. As from today rail passengers will be able to travel on the first of our upgraded carriages.”
- For more on this story, see RAIL 768, published on February 18.