Northern launches new look electric trains
12 February 2015 • Author: Northern Rail
Northern Rail today unveiled its new look class 319 electric units. Northern took ownership of the first of 20 units in summer 2014 and work to give them all a fresh new look is ongoing.
The trains, which will start running on the newly electrified route between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Airport soon, have had extensive cosmetic work done with a brand new exterior livery created by noted designer Ray Stenning and refreshed interiors which include new paintwork and improved seating.
The improvements include changes to the on-board public information systems including the installation of new digital screens and automated audio announcements.
The refresh also brings the addition of extra handsets for the public announcement system in the middle carriages of the train and conductor door control panels at all doors of the unit.
The first of the new units will enter service soon, with additional trains being introduced throughout 2015.
Alex Hynes, Managing Director for Northern said: “It’s an exciting time for us and our customers as more of our services and routes turn electric. This investment is paving the way for us to deliver better services and more seats. Our investment in these trains represents our commitment to providing a great customer experience alongside this; not only are we bringing a fresh new look but we’re improving our customers’ journey and how we keep them informed.”
Details of the work done:
- New exterior livery
- New interior paint to bring a brighter, fresher feel
- Grab handles have been refurbished or replaced
- Seat grab handles have been refurbished or replaced
- PA system improvements – additional handsets in middle carriages
- Public Information System screens introduced
- Controls for conductor door operation installed at all doors
- Seat improvements and reupholster
- Disabled ramp housing installed