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The first modernised class 365 First Capital Connect (FCC) train has entered into service on the Great Northern route in UK, to deliver better travelling experience to passengers and value for money.

The new train is the first of the 40 four-carriage class 365 FCC trains that will be upgraded over a period of two years.

Upgrades to the new train include a major engineering overhaul, fresh seat upholstery, new flooring, refurbished finishes and a neutral external livery design.

Additional enhancements include improved features for people with disabilities and mobility impairments, a new fully automated passenger information system with audio and visual announcements.

"We’re giving people even more of what they want; better trains to travel in."

First Capital Connect managing director David Statham said: "This major upgrade provides better, brighter, new look trains, and will soon include enhanced accessibility features and improved on-board information.

"Since we took over this franchise we have added over 12,500 extra seats at the busiest times of the day on the Great Northern route through new trains and longer services. Now we’re giving people even more of what they want; better trains to travel in."

Work on the fleet is currently being carried out at Bombardier‘s Ilford site in Essex, as part of a more than £30m contract awarded by Eversholt Rail. The fleet of Class 365 trains is leased to FCC.

The class 365 fleet carries about 86,000 passengers each day on the Great Northern Route between London Kings Cross and Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn.


Image: The first upgraded class 365 First Capital Connect train. Photo: First Capital Connect ltd.