Bombardier Transportation has been contracted by Eversholt Rail to upgrade and deliver maintenance services over the next two years for its fleet of Class 365 trains, which are currently leased to First Capital Connect (FCC).
Around 86,000 passengers a day are carried by the Class 365 fleet on the Great Northern Route between London and King’s Lynn.
Under the £30m contract, the Class 365 fleet will be upgraded to include refreshed interiors, a wheelchair-accessible toilet in each 4-carriage unit, and installation of two wheelchair bays.
Additional features include installation of a call for aid at wheelchair and toilet areas, and fully automated passenger information systems with audio and visual announcements.
Enhanced accessibility features are designed to comply with the latest disability regulations. Work on these elements will start from early 2014.
The under-frame heavy maintenance services included in the contract is intended to increase the availability of the 40 four-car fleet.
Eversholt Rail chief executive officer Mary Kenny said: "We are pleased to have selected Bombardier Transportation. This means that we can continue with our programme to refresh the Class 365 trains, enabling passengers to enjoy the benefits of the improved fleet.
"We will continue to look at future opportunities to work with Knorr-Bremse Rail Services, the new owners of Railcare."
Originally, the order to maintain Class 365 trains was awarded to Railcare, but was re-tendered after the company went into liquidation on 31 July.
Work under the upgrade contract to deliver refreshed trains, will be carried out at Bombardier’s Ilford site in Essex, England.
Image: First Capital Connect’s fleet of Class 365 trains to feature fresh interiors and accessibility enhancements. Photo: courtesy of First Capital Connect ltd.