Northern’s first refurbished Class 333 train makes its debut
The refurbished trains form part of Northern’s wide-ranging plan to enhance customer journeys by improving all aspects of its network.
Northern’s plan to refurbish its fleet of trains has successfully progressed with the first upgrade of a Class 333 train complete.
The train, which operates across West Yorkshire, boasts new livery, refreshed interiors with newly refurbished seats and new LED lighting.
Some Northern customers travelled on the updated train for the first time and were impressed with the work, stating that it “looks like a new train” and that it was “very bright and clean; a welcomed improvement.”
Jenny Dempsey, Refurbished Trains Project Manager, said: “The refurbishment programme has had a flying start and it’s always great when we complete a milestone like a first in class.
“We are working incredibly hard to deliver the promised refurbished trains and have completed improvements on around half of our current fleet – the remainder planned for completion by 2020.”
The Class 333 unit is scheduled for a further phase of refurbishment to add additional improvements at a later date.
The first of Northern’s 101 brand new trains are now undertaking test runs on routes in the North West and are scheduled to start passenger service in 2019.
Alongside the vehicles, more than 400 Northern stations will see improvements by 2020, with work already complete at more than 100 stations, including making it easier for customers to buy tickets for their journeys.