Train operator Greater Anglia is spending £3 million to upgrade its fleet of class 156 local trains. Services on the East Suffolk Line are provided by mainly-three car class 170 trains, two-car class 156 trains, and one-car class 153 trains.
Greater Anglia’s fleet of nine two-car Class 156 trains will be deep cleaned, see new interiors installed, new seat covers, priority seating along with a new seat layout, wheelchair spaces with call-for-aid buttons, and wheelchair accessible universal toilets. New external door sounders will be fitted to provide an audible warning when doors are about to close. This will be complimented by a new passenger information system giving automatic announcements such as next arrival station, etc. To complete the upgrade the class 156 units will be painted in the new red and white Greater Anglia livery.
The first fully refurbished train set is due back in service at the end of November. The entire upgrade programme is expected to be completed by this time next year.