East Midlands Trains’ 17-carriage fleet of Class 153s, which are used extensively on the company’s local services, are all being upgraded as part of a £5 million programme currently being carried out at Neville Hill Depot in Leeds. In addition to the Class 153 trains, East Midlands Trains’ fleet of 11 Class 156 trains are also being refurbished as part of this programme.
The improvements to the Class 153s include:
· Re-upholstered seating and new carpets throughout offering a clean and fresh new look
· Improved interior lighting
· Installation of CCTV for the first time
· New interior wall coverings, including in the toilet area. New vinyl has also been fitted to the floor of the toilet area, providing a significantly improved facility for passengers.
In addition, the trains have all been re-painted in the East Midlands Trains livery to give a consistent look, and are also benefitting from extensive modification work to ensure they are running as reliably and efficiently as possible.