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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.