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type Press release
note Release: 52/99
ALL FIRST GREAT EASTERN TRAINS NOW IN NEW LIVERY
INTERIOR REFURBISHMENT FOR MOST OF THE FLEET
First Great Eastern will have a completely new look fleet of trains when the last to carry the old red, white and blue livery of the former Network South East business returns from its overhaul at Railcare in Wolverton.
The train - class 315 number 843 - will return to traffic in early October meaning that every Great Eastern train will appear in the new green, grey and blue corporate colours of the company and Great Eastern will become the first operator using London's Liverpool Street station to have a completely re-branded fleet.
At the same time the first of the class 321 trains are appearing following a major overhaul which has resulted in better lighting, new flooring, a brighter interior design and a new seating layout. These trains were originally re-branded using vinyl panels but are being repainted in similar style to the other classes of trains used by Great Eastern.
The older' slam door' trains which are due for replacement in three years time have also been extensively refurbished. Although all have been painted a very small number have not received any internal work but this is progressing and the whole fleet will be modified by the end of the year.
"The smart look of the trains shows that they are cared for, " said Bob Breakwell, Great Eastern's managing director.
"We take pride in the appearance of our trains - both inside and out and we believe the usual jibes about trains being dirty does not apply to us. Nevertheless, we have to contend with graffiti and sadly many people do not treat the train in the same way as they do their home. It's a constant battle to keep everything clean but we are winning.
"The new-look interiors are well appreciated and we have received some excellent feedback from the refurbishment. It's all part of our commitment to improve customer service in all ways," he added.
In total, Great Eastern operate 77 class 321 trains, 41 class 315 trains and 24 class 312 units. Additionally a single car diesel unit is hired from Anglia Railways for the Marks Tey to Sudbury line - the only part of the line which is not electrified.
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Railhub Archive ::: 1999-09-13 FGE-001