Passengers welcome refurbished trains on Cambrian Line
Rail passengers in Wales are benefiting from more comfortable trains following LNWR's complete overhaul and refurbishment of 24 Arriva Trains Wales' Class 158 DMU* trains. The £9.5 million contract, commissioned by Angel Trains and delivered by leading UK rail maintenance specialist LNWR, started in early 2011 and was completed successfully with the final fully refurbished train now back in service on the Cambrian Line. The refurbishment, which took place at LNWR's heavy maintenance and paint facility in Crewe, saw a complete re-fit of the trains to create a new carriage interior. Passengers have been so impressed with the work carried out that many thought that the trains were new. Alongside new interiors and seating, LNWR has also fitted:
- A new Passenger Information System which improves journey information for Arriva's customers
- Low energy lighting that reduces demand on the train's electrical systems and improves fuel consumption, which helps contribute towards reducing overall CO2 emissions
- Power points so that passengers can now plug in their phones and laptops adding to the convenience and enjoyment of their journey, and
- A new air-conditioning system in the cab to make the trains more comfortable for Arriva's drivers.