News from East Midlands Trains


East Midlands Trains starts £10 million train refurbishment in Derby

This week marks the start of East Midlands Trains multi-million-pound refurbishment of its Class 158 trains.

The first of the Class 158 trains, 158 783, starts its refurbishment this week, and will be complete by early October. The work will be carried out in Derby by Delta Rail.

The 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:

  • All trains repainted in the new East Midlands Trains livery
  • Internal refurbishment of every train, which includes improvements to seating design and capacity, bringing much needed improvements to this area of the train. In addition, a new toilet area will be included as part of the refurbishment programme
  • Modification to various systems on the train to bring improved reliability
  • Improved air conditioning units fitted to the majority of these trains to improve the reliability and efficiency 
  • Introduction of CCTV on every train
  • Installation of a passenger counting device – an innovative piece of technology that allows passenger flows to be monitored, a first for East Midlands Trains.

Commenting, Chris Elliott, East Midlands Trains Project Manager for the refurbishment programme, said:

“This is the start of a very exciting time for East Midlands Trains. Several months of planning and design are now starting to come to fruition as the first of our Class 158 trains goes in to Delta Rail for its makeover.

“We’re looking forward to the launch of the first refurbished train in October, and we know its new look and improved facilities will get a big thumbs up from our passengers!”

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:

  • Upgrade to Derby train maintenance depot
  • Investment in stations; additional customer help points, refurbished waiting areas, improved lighting and facilities
  • New timetable in December 2008 offering faster journey times and increased capacity
  • The opening of two brand new stations -  East Midlands Parkway and Corby
  • Improved journey times on the route to London.