The first Greater Anglia Class 156 has returned to service, as the operator carries out £3 million refurbishment of its Norfolk and Suffolk fleet.

The operator’s nine two-car Class 156 trains are receiving a complete interior overhaul including a deep clean and installation of new passenger information system.

Guy Dangerfield of Passenger Focus will formally launch the first completed Class 156 unit at 11.15am on Tuesday 4th December at Norwich station.

The entire refurbishment programme will continue until late 2013.

The work was carried out by Railcare at their facility in Wolverton near Milton Keynes under contract to Porterbrook Leasing.

Guy Dangerfield of Passenger Focus said: “Passengers will really notice the improvement when they get on the refurbished train.

“As well as the new carpets, fresh paint and wheelchair accessible toilet, installing a passenger information system will help make sure passengers get timely and accurate information during their journey.”

Greater Anglia’s customer service director, Andrew Goodrum, said: “Greater Anglia’s £3 million refurbishment programme is bringing our Class 156 trains up to date and offering much improved accessibility and comfort which is extremely important in making rail travel an attractive and easy option for local journeys in Norfolk and Suffolk.”

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