18/01/2014

First Capital Connect unveils first fully refurbished Class 365

First Capital Connect have unveiled the first of their fleet of Class 365 trains to be fully refurbished.

The trains which operate on the Great Northern network linking King's Lynn/Cambridge and Peterborough with London Kings Cross are being fully overhauled and refurbished including enhancements and heavy maintenance, the programme which is expected to cost in excess of £30m and take two years to complete is being undertaken by Bombardier Transportation at their facility in Ilford, Essex.

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Exterior view of First Capital Connect refurbished 365517 © FCC

First Capital Connect 365517 Refurbished © FCC Press
Interior view of First Capital Connect refurbished 365517 © FCC
The first train to be treated (365517) in the forty-strong fleet has now entered service delivering significant improvements to the passenger environment.

Work carried out to enhance passenger facilities include;

•Two wheelchair bays installed.

•A new wheelchair-accessible toilet in each 4-carriage unit.

•A new fully automated passenger information system with audio and visual announcements.

• Full exterior refurbishment including new livery and a full interior refresh including new upholstery and flooring.

•Call for aid installed at wheelchair and toilet areas.

David Statham, Managing Director, First Capital Connect, said: “I am delighted that our passengers will soon be able to enjoy a more comfortable and modern travel environment as well as a more reliable service. This major investment will deliver brighter, new look trains with much better on-board information. Enhanced accessibility features will also be made to meet the needs of all our passengers.”