Work on the £117m project to upgrade Avanti West Coast’s Pendolino fleet began back in July and a video has been released showing some of the work already undertaken.
Footage has been released this week by the train operating company showing the work taking place at Alstom’s Widnes facility.
The first train for overhaul is expected to be back on the West Coast Main Line later this year.
390125 is the first of the 56 strong Pendolino fleet and the work is expected to take place on the trains until early 2024.
The trains run between London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, and Edinburgh and the project will upgrade the 20 year old trains to ‘as new’ condition.
Passengers will see many improvements to the carriages, with all the Standard Class seats being replaced, along with new lighting and carpets.
The trains will have extra luggage space, power points for every seat an the trains will have a new Cafe Bar.
100 skilled works at the depot in Widnes will be working on the project.
Phil Whittingham, Managing Director for Avanti West Coast. said “These images really reveal the full extent of the amount of work being undertaken to transform our Pendolino trains. Our customers can look forward to a real step change in their travelling experience and seeing these developments in progress, we can’t wait for the first train to enter service.”
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