Northern, part of Arriva, has unveiled the first two CAF trains in a £500 million (EUR 570.6 million) new fleet that will set new standards for customers using local rail in the north of England. The launch event was hosted by Northern at Alstom’s Edge Hill depot and was supported by train manufacturer CAF and owners Eversholt Rail.
The trains will be put into commercial operation by the end of this year, with features such as free customer Wi-Fi, air conditioning, at-seat power and seat reservation systems.
The new trains are just part of the improvements Northern is making to transform its customers’ rail experience.
Last month Northern launched its first fully refurbished train – a Class 158 – which boasts many of the same features as the new trains and will be the blueprint for the refurbishment of the rest of the Northern fleet.
And the train enhancements will continue to be complemented by further investment such as an increase in services and improvements at more than 400 Northern stations.