West Midlands Railway has announced a 'major overhaul' for trains on the Cross City Line.

As part of that the famous green seat covers - looking a bit tired after 25 years service are finally going to be replaced.

The Class 323 electric trains on the line from Lichfield to Redditch through New Street are being revamped - including a fully accessible toilet.

Other spruce ups include upgraded passenger information screens, new seat covers and a 'deep clean' of the interior.

 

West Midlands Railway said the improvements will help make travelling on the route easier for those requiring accessible facilities, and will bring the inside of the units up to modern standards, after 25 years of operating on the route.

The first Class 323 unit from the line to undergo this work re-entered service today (22 Feb).

West Midlands Railway Cross City Line train

Work will be undertaken on all Class 323 units operating on the Cross City line, and is due to be completed by the end of next year (2020).

Neil Bamford, engineering director for West Midlands Railway, said: “We are committed to improving the experience for passengers using our services. The installation of fully accessible toilets on the Cross City line is an important step in providing an improved experience for all.

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"While this work is being completed, we are also taking the opportunity to have a major internal overhaul done on the trains. Once the project is complete, all passengers on the line will also benefit from up to date information screens, as well as a refreshed interior on these trains.”