South West Trains has announced a £23m upgrade of its commuter trains which serve the lines to Portsmouth, Basingstoke and Alton. The work will be carried out in Bournemouth and together with a new workshop to paint trains will create around 40 jobs.
The contract to overhaul 91 four-car Class 455 electric trains will improve the interiors, see new doors installed and make the fleet fully accessible for disabled customers.
South West Trains has been awarded the contract and the four-year programme of work will be carried out at Bournemouth traincare depot in Dorset.
Construction of a new £3.2 million paint shop at the depot has already started, with completion scheduled in April 2013.
– Christian Roth, Alliance Fleet Director for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance
“This is good news for Dorset as we are creating new jobs and bringing new skills to Bournemouth depot, which benefits the local economy.”“From April we will no longer have to send our trains elsewhere for repainting as Bournemouth will become a one stop shop and for the first time ever, we will be able to maintain all our fleets in- house. “This gives us the flexibility to custom build overhaul programmes around our specific business needs, allowing us to return our overhauled trains back to work quickly, in a cost effective way that benefits our passengers. “