Northern finishes refurbishment of train fleet on York - Harrogate - Leeds line

Rail users in Harrogate can travel in style after Northern finished the first stage of a refurbishment of its train fleet.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 11:08 am

The train operator, which runs on the York - Harrogate - Leeds line, carried out the work as part of an overall transformation programme.

More than 260 trains have now been through the first phase of refurbishment which has seen each carriage fully repainted and fitted out with new seating, carpet and lighting.

The final unit to go through the process, 158861, was completed at Arriva Train Care in Crewe last week and is now ready for customers.

Northern finishes refurbishment of train fleet on York - Harrogate - Leeds line
Northern finishes refurbishment of train fleet on York - Harrogate - Leeds line

The next step of the work will see 'digital trains' offer free wifi, CCTV, enhanced, real time information screens and on-board systems to improve the train's performance.

Tricia Williams, Northern’s chief operating officer, said: “The first phase of refurbishment began almost four years ago and it’s fantastic to see the final train completed.

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“I’d like to thank all the companies who have helped with the first phase of the refurbishment programme as they have been absolutely vital in delivering the improvements that will mean so much to our customers.”

Northern finishes refurbishment of train fleet on York - Harrogate - Leeds line

Malcolm Brown, CEO of Angel Trains, said: “The completion of phase one of Northern’s fleet refurbishment is a fantastic milestone for rail passengers and the industry. Investing in the restoration and modernisation of our Class 158 fleet will enhance passenger safety and transform journey experience on units that look and feel good-as-new.

“We are delighted to be supporting the northern supply chain through this project, which is modernising regional rail travel.”

“We’re calling this campaign A Better Way to Go, and that’s exactly what we want to give our customers across the north of England.

Northern finishes refurbishment of train fleet on York - Harrogate - Leeds line

“Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and when they return to the network, I’m confident they will notice the improvements to their journey experience.”