"A key milestone in the refurbishment programme for Abellio Greater Anglia's intercity MkIII carriages has been reached with the signing of a contract with Vossloh Kiepe UK to carry out the major upgrade. The significant refresh will see all of the train operator's Mark III fleet enhanced, with the following improvements throughout for both First Class and Standard carriages:
- Plug points for charging laptops, smartphones and other electronic devices;
- New LED lighting;
- New carpets;
- New tables;
- New seat covers;
- Upgraded environmentally-friendly controlled emission toilets, including new floors and new taps;
- Re-painting of the carriage interior saloon and vestibule panels, walls and ceilings.
The work will be undertaken at a specially prepared facility at Abellio Greater Anglia's Crown Point Depot in Norwich and the first refurbished carriages are due to enter service in the first quarter of next year, with the full programme completed by the end of the train operator's current short franchise in October 2016. Work to prepare the site in Norwich is already underway and key materials needed as part of the project are already being ordered...."