The six-car units, now in their 12th year in service on the St Pancras-Kent High Speed 1 route, are to receive new interiors and an upgrade to their electrical and management systems.
The agreement - signed by Southeastern, the trains’ owner Eversholt Rail, and manufacturer Hitachi Rail - is for the work to be carried out at the operator’s Ashford depot from May 2023.
The ‘395s’ are to receive new seats and carpets, new special areas for the disabled, and new luggage space.
Elements that are now standard features in all new stock, such as USB sockets at seats, live passenger information screens and LED lighting, are also on the shopping list along with improved CCTV cameras.
The upgrade of the Class 395s also creates the opportunity to install new digitised passenger management and infrastructure monitoring equipment, providing data on passenger numbers and load weighting to assist with planning of traffic flow and future maintenance.
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