Changes are afoot for trains in the UK. Some of the country’s oldest carriages are making way for new rolling stock in 2019. Furthermore, these upgrades are taking place across many different train operating companies.
Between 2019 and 2021 7,000 new and refurbished rail vehicles will start serving Britain’s railway lines. This is the biggest introduction of new rolling stock in the country in decades, according to the Rail Delivery Group. The industry as a whole will run an additional 6,400 trains per week. This will improve services for passengers and be a boon for the economy. Estimates suggest that the private sector is investing a minimum of £13.8 billion into new rolling stock.
11 train operating companies are making particularly large-scale introductions. The improved rolling stock will have more seats, better accessibility, power sockets, wifi and air-conditioning. Along some lines the new trains will increase capacity, while on others they will run additional services. The oldest of the trains that will be removed from service thanks to this investment first began operating in the 1970s.
Other operators are refurbishing their existing fleets, modernising them for the 21st century. They will fit their rolling stock with wifi, air-conditioning and power sockets. They will also add capacity. One example here is the InterCity high-speed trains in Scotland. Another is the Grand Central £9 million investment into the refurbishment of its fleet.
Paul Plummer, Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group, which brings together train operators and Network Rail, said:
“Next year, passengers across Britain will be able to feel the investment being delivered by rail companies as hundreds of new carriages start running, with more seats, wireless internet and air conditioning. These new and refurbished-like-new carriages will help rail companies to deliver on their commitment to run at least 6,400 extra services a week, supporting communities and businesses in every corner of the country.”
Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, said:
“In the 21st century you should be able to run your business from a train. As well as ensuring rail services are reliable and well-maintained, providing decent wi-fi connections and proper power points is going to be crucial for a modern business that relies on travel.”
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