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Siemens to Upgrade Britain’s South Western Railway Fleet

Siemens has received an order to upgrade the fleet of the British train operating company South Western Railway (SWR).

Siemens will refurbish the existing 172-strong Class 444 and Class 450 Desiro fleet of trains, which currently operate across the SWR network. The contract is worth more than €56 million.

South Western Railway Fleet
Class 444 © Aubrey Morandarte (license)

South Western Railway Fleet Upgrade

The enhancement programme, with work beginning in December 2017, will deliver a full interior refurbishment of all trains; including Axminster carpets, at seat power points for mobile devices and real-time information displays. Additional benefits for First Class customers include new leather seats and new tables incorporating innovative inductive charging. The refurbishment is expected to take around 12 months to complete.

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The train enhancement programme is part of South Western Railway’s investment plan to transform the customer experience during its tenure. The plan includes the introduction of new and as-new train fleets to increase capacity; longer, more frequent trains; quicker journey times and better connectivity; and station improvements and a better ticket buying experience.

Neil Drury, Engineering Director, SWR, said:

“We are delighted to have appointed Siemens to carry out the refurbishment of our Class 444 and 450 Desiros. This significant investment in our fleet of trains will see a step change for our customers, and investment in local facilities and suppliers. We have a long relationship with Siemens, who I am confident will deliver a high quality product”

Johannes Emmelheinz, CEO of Customer Services at Siemens Mobility Division, added:

“The UK is one of our core markets. With the refurbishment of the SWR fleet we will make an important contribution to improving passenger experience through renovations which will deliver better trains with more seats for travellers across the region”

Original article © Siemens.

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