Northern Fleet Refurb: Travel Benefits for Cumbria
One of our region’s biggest train operators Northern is giving its fleet an overhaul. Soon Cumbrian’s will be flitting across the country in luxury in one of Northern’s fantastic newly refurbished carriages.
Northern, who are the UK’s largest train operator outside of London, have just unveiled their first partly refurbished train today. The train goes into service on the York to Blackpool route, operating between York, Leeds, Bradford, Blackburn, Preston and Blackpool.
The company plan to refurbish all of their current fleet so the benefits will also be felt in Cumbria soon.
The train is the first of its kind to receive Northern’s new external livery featuring a fresh, modern look for the operator.
The interior of the train has also changed. Carriages have been repainted, new carpets have been laid, and seat cushions have been replaced and recovered. New LED lighting has also been fitted to create a lighter and brighter on board environment.
People of reduced mobility will also see an enhancement to their travel experience too, with designated wheelchair spaces in the carriages, the addition of ‘call for aid’ facilities and an improved passenger information system. On-board toilets have also been refurbished and include improved baby changing facilities.
Alex Hynes, Managing Director for Northern, comments: “We are committed to bringing real improvements for our customers and transforming rail travel in the North, but we appreciate this won’t happen overnight.
“Our trains will be phased in and out of refurbishment in order to ensure minimum impact on our daily services, and we are excited to welcome this first milestone; our first train back in service for our customers.
“There are still plenty of improvements to come for this train and the rest of the fleet, including the installation of FREE customer WiFi and even further enhancements to the on board experience, but we think our customers will agree that this is a great start.”