UK: Refurbishment Work Complete on Southeastern’s First High-Speed Javelin Train

Hitachi Rail and Eversholt Rail have completed refurbishment work on the first of 29 high-speed Javelin trains for Southeastern’s passenger service between London St Pancras and Kent.

This delivery is part of a 27 million GBP refurbishment project being carried out on Britain’s fastest passenger trains to deliver a more reliable and more sustainable service.

Southeastern's Javelin fleet at Ashford
Southeastern’s Javelin fleet at Ashford depot
Southeastern’s Engineering Director, Mark Johnson, said:

“Southeastern is committed to delivering better, more reliable and more sustainable services, supported by the fastest domestic passenger trains in the UK.

“With this refurbishment, we’re going to make the experience for our passengers even better. Carpets, seats and sides have all been stripped down, repainted or replaced, with a whole new look and feel, improving the accessibility of the train at the same time for all of our customers.”

Unit 395012, known as the ‘Trainbow’ was taken into Southeatern’s Ashford train maintenance depot on 12 June to undergo interior work. It then emerged from the workshop on 15 August to re-enter service on the network.

The interior of the first refurbished train
The interior of the first refurbished train

This work will also be completed on a further 28 Javelin trains over the coming months through Southeastern’s partnership with Hitachi Rail and Eversholt Rail.

Each train is receiving:

  • A full interior refresh, including new carpets and seats
  • Live passenger information system upgrades
  • A CCTV system upgrade
  • USB at-seat charging
  • LED lighting installation

As part of this project, energy meters are also being fitted to the high-speed fleet to help Southeastern reduce its environmental impact.

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