Siemens workers have completed the first five refurbishments of TransPennine Express’ (TPE) fleet of 51 three-carriage Class 185 trains.
Each train is having new seating, carpets, larger tables, LED lighting and refitted toilets as well as USB and plug sockets installed at every pair of seats.
Financed by rolling stock leaser Eversholt Rail, the work is being conducted in York with one train being upgraded each week.
Local suppliers have been involved in the overhaul. Huddersfield-based Camira Fabrics has made the standard class seat covers, Gateshead-based Petards the new CCTV and Rotherham-based Diamond Seating the seat covers.
The Class 185s are part of Siemens’ Desiro platform of trains.