All change as trains get a revamp

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TRAINS which have clocked up a million-and-a-half miles each on journeys between Sheffield and London are being given a fresh new look as part of a £6 million revamp.

East Midlands Trains’ Meridian fleet is used on most services between South Yorkshire and the capital.

The first trains to undergo the change have returned to the rails, and the process will be repeated for 26 more over the next 12 months.

Refurbishment project manager Chris Elliott said the trains were only six-and-a-half years old but had become tatty and needed a revamp.

He said: “Although it sounds like only a short time the trains cover 250,000 miles a year and, over their lifetime, that has meant a lot of wear and tear.

“The fabric of the seats had become threadbare and they were getting stained.

“The trains do get heavily cleaned, once every 36 days, but there are only so many times you can do that.

“We’ve taken the opportunity to change the image of the trains, giving them a fresher feel, with a blue colour scheme in first class and red in standard, whereas the old interiors were darker.”