Abellio Greater Anglia has completed the refurbishment of its 119 Mk 3 coaches, used on the Norwich to London route.
The £12 million programme has seen new seat covers, tables, LED lights, plug points and carpet fitted. Exterior painting of all carriages has also been completed and a separate programme to fit controlled emission toilets is due to be completed in October.
The work was carried out at AGA’s Crown Point depot in Norwich in conjunction with partners Vossloh Kiepe. AGA says this saved about three to six months’ completion time on the programme as vehicles did not need to be transported away while the work was carried out.
The work also saw conversion of seven Restaurant First carriages to standard class accommodation, which AGA says will provide more than 2,500 additional seats each day on the Norwich to London route.
The refurbishment project began in December 2014. AGA has met its intended deadline of completing the work before its current franchise finishes in mid-October; under the new deal (won by Abellio) the current Class 90 / Mk 3 inter-city trains are destined to be replaced with Stadler Flirt EMUs as part of a complete fleet replacement for the franchise.