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Greater Anglia trains on Ilford line to get £6million revamp

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:51 19 February 2013

The newly-refurbished carriages are being rolled out on the Shenfield to Liverpool Street line.

The newly-refurbished carriages are being rolled out on the Shenfield to Liverpool Street line.

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Trains on Greater Anglia’s Liverpool Street to Shenfield line are having a £6million revamp.

The Class 315 stock, dating back to 1980, will now have a passenger information system with announcements and screens, aid buttons, priority seats and folding chairs.

There will also be wheelchair bays, although the gap between platform and train makes it difficult for them to board, and new handles and rails for people with mobility difficulties.

A new colour scheme aims to make travelling easier for visually-impaired passengers.

Ilford company Bombardier Transportation is carrying out the improvement works at their depot in Ley Street.

Two refurbished trains are now in service and the improved carriages will be rolled out across the Liverpool Street to Shenfield route, which passes through Ilford, Seven Kings, Goodmayes and Chadwell Heath.

Greater Anglia engineering director John Ratcliffe said the changes would offer “better information provision and much improved accessibility”.


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