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East Midlands Trains has today announced plans for the full refurbishment of its Class 158 train fleet, using local Derby-based company DeltaRail.
The multi million pound refurbishment programme, which will be carried out over the next 20 months, will see all 25 of the company’s Class 158 trains going through a complete overhaul. This will include:
This refurbishment is just part of the £90m of investment during the life of the East Midlands Trains franchise, making improvements in areas that impact directly on performance, reliability and customer service such as:
Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains said:
“The award of this contact and the start of work on the Class 158 trains is a huge step forward for East Midlands Trains. Not only will the refurbishment result in additional seating capacity, passengers will also get the benefit of more comfortable seating, new air conditioning and CCTV, as well as brand new toilets – something we know our passengers will welcome!
“I’m looking forward to working with DeltaRail on this contract, and especially pleased that the work will be carried out in Derby, ensuring that the city’s well renowned reputation for fleet build and refurbishment continues on through this extensive improvement programme”.
Anna Matthews, CEO DeltaRail said:
"We are delighted to have been chosen to carry out this important overhaul of the Class 158 fleet. DeltaRail's innovative and low risk rolling stock refurbishment solutions are designed to deliver cost effective operational and economic improvements for its customers. We look forward to working closely with East Midlands Trains on this project."
The refurbishment of the East Midlands Trains Class 158 fleet will start in August, and each two car train will take between four and six weeks to complete.