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Upgraded Transpennine trains launched on Cleethorpes to Manchester route

Newly refurbished trains have been launched on the Cleethorpes to Manchester route with passengers being promised on-board entertainment systems and free Wi-Fi to follow.

Upgraded Transpennine trains launched on Cleethorpes to Manchester route

The full Class 185 fleet of trains are being refurbished by TransPennine Express (TPE) with the service from Cleethorpes and Grimsby being the launch route to host the first out of the factory.

TPE says the new trains will offer a “special and improved experience for customers”.

So far the upgrades include new seats, including leather in first class, standard plug and USB sockets at every pair of seats, bigger tables to allow more space for laptops and gadgets, new toilets and LED lighting.

TPE said more improvements will follow.

A spokeswoman said: “Once the full programme of upgrades is completed in 2018, the trains will be fitted with even more improvements including information screens, and free, fast Wi-Fi and an on-board entertainment system.”

Paul Staples, Fleet Director for TransPennine Express, said: "I'm thrilled to have launched the first of the enhanced trains. I am proud of what we have achieved with Siemens, Eversholt Rail and all of the local companies supplying material and expertise to create this leap forward in journey experience for everyone in the North as part of the new TransPennine Express.

"This is just the start, though; over the next year all of the Class 185 trains will get this upgrade and over the next three years we will introduce 44 brand new trains, giving our customers more carriages, more seats, better reliability and more comfortable, enjoyable, productive journeys with us in the North."

The refurbishments were carried out by Eversholt Rail and Siemens.

Stephen Timothy, of Eversholt Rail, said: “The quality of these refurbished trains will transform the customer environment and experience in line with TPE’s vision to take the North further."

And Pete Redding, Fleet Operations Director (North) for Siemens, said: "We are delighted that the first newly refurbished Class 185 train has reentered service, enabling customers to start benefiting from the significantly enhanced interior environment."

News Courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com

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