A £93m investment in 27 brand new class 172 diesel trains entering service in September will bring a range of benefits to London Midland customers on the Snow Hill line running from Worcester to Leamington Spa and Stratford-Upon-Avon.
The new trains, which replace the 25 year old class 150 diesel fleet currently in service on the line, have a number of state of the art features, including air conditioning, a wheelchair accessible toilet and more comfortable spacious seating.
A wider door area will enable customers to get on and off the train more quickly. There is also a larger dedicated area for wheelchair users, which will make journeys easier for disabled passengers.
Customers will be kept up to date with the latest journey information, through electronic information screens inside the train, as well as automated audio announcements. The train is also fitted with CCTV cameras both inside and outside.
The train has been designed in such a way as to reduce noise, so customers will enjoy a quieter environment.
Mike Hodson, Managing Director of London Midland, said:
“We are looking forward to bringing these new trains to our customers on this extremely popular route. We are anticipating that passenger numbers will further increase next year.
“These new trains will provide a much more pleasant travel environment for our customers.”
Geoff Inskip, Chief Executive of Centro, the region’s transport authority, said:
“More people are turning to local rail year on year, especially for the daily commute and it’s important that they get quality services.” These new trains should bring improved comfort for passengers so their introduction is to be welcomed.”