The upgrade work for the 15 Class 317/5 trains will see 60 carriages in total improved with new seat covers and vinyl flooring, new First Class seat covers and trim and carpets renewed, interiors re-sprayed and new signage applied.
The work is being carried out by Abellio Greater Anglia’s fleet maintenance team at the company’s Clacton-on-Sea Depot with support from local suppliers in the Clacton area, helping to boost the regional economy.
The programme is due to be concluded by the end of the existing franchise.
With 24 Class 317/6 trains already upgraded, on completion of this programme, 39 of the company’s 45 Class 317 trains will have been refreshed to improved standards, representing 156 carriages in total.
Andrew Goodrum, Customer Service Director, Abellio Greater Anglia said: “I am pleased that we are continuing to invest in improvements to our train fleet over the next few months, as part of our commitment to provide better passenger comfort and a more pleasant on-train environment.
“We will continue to do all we can during the remainder of the existing franchise contract to further improve services.”
The train operator has now invested more than £40 million in service upgrades over the course of its current short franchise to October 2016 - more than double the planned £20 million announced at the start of the franchise.