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22 August 2018, 12:10 | Updated: 22 August 2018, 12:15
Refurbished London Underground trains will start running on the Bedford to Bletchley line this December, following an extensive overhaul.
The first of the new trains, which used to be on the District Line, have been converted to main-line running, will begin testing over the next few weeks.
Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, managing director of London Northwestern's parent firm, West Midlands Trains said:
"I remember these trains from when they were on London Underground, but looking around the units there’s so much new equipment on board that they look and feel like brand new trains. Vivarail has done a great job and these trains are an ideal match for this important local service.
Our new London Northwestern Railway livery is appearing more and more prominently across the network, and we are proud to be able to share this bespoke version of design for the Marston Vale route.”
Adrian Shooter, CEO of Vivarail said, “Both Vivarail and West Midlands Trains have worked tirelessly to bring this to fruition andpr workshops and I am looking forward to seeing it at Bletchley depot in the near future.”
They'll be three 2-car trains on the Marston Vale line which have undergone extensive improvements and will include universal access toilets, USB sockets and modern ‘airline’ seating.
The former electric units will initially run on diesel, but could be convert to being battery-run in the future.
Part of the increased reliability is that they'll also be maintained at the Bletchley depot for a quicker turn-around if they do break-down; the current trains have to be moved up to and back from the Midlands.
New jobs will be created in Bletchley to maintain the "new" trains.
Pic: London Northwestern