July 17, 2013

Heathrow Express refurbishment completed

Written by  Keith Fender
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Heathrow Express refurbishment completed Keith Fender

HEATHROW Express has celebrated the completion of a £16m programme to refurbish its 14 CAF/Siemens class 332 emus, which coincides with the 15th anniversary of the launch of the service between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport.

Heathrow Express carries around 16,000 passengers per day and after 15 years of service decided the train fleet required internal refurbishment as well as a complete mechanical overhaul. The new interior is the result of an extensive, three-year customer and supplier research programme.

Heathrow Express appointed Siemens to undertake the 20 month project on its behalf, and Siemens selected Railcare to carry out the refurbishment work at its Wolverton workshops, supported by Interfleet. The first refurbished train entered service in May 2012.

The interiors have been refurbished with green and purple predominating in standard class and darker shades in the 1+1 configuration first class coach in each set (which has replaced the 2+1 configuration used prior to the refurbishment). The final train in the programme will leave Wolverton in the next few days and re-enter service on the Paddington – Heathrow route in July.

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