Lincoln trains to London due for makeover

Passengers of the direct Lincoln trains to London will get a smoother ride to their destination starting early next year, East Midlands Trains said.

The company is refurbishing its fleet of Meridian carriages, part of a £6 million programme due to be completed by early 2012.

The Meridian trains operate services on East Midlands Trains’ main line route to London, which includes services from Sheffield, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester to London St Pancras and the daily service from Lincoln to London.

The trains operate in up to seven-car formations, and a total of 27 vehicles will be refurbished through this programme.

The improvement programme, which will be carried out at the company’s Derby Etches Park Depot, will deliver a totally new interior look for passengers.

New leather seats will be added to the First Class area of the train and new seat covers and carpeting are set to improve Standard Class coaches.

As part of the refurbishment, there will also be changes to increase the available luggage space.

East Midlands Trains says all the Meridian fleet is now fitted with on board WiFi, which is free of charge only for First Class passengers.

Tim Shoveller, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “We’re really excited to be starting work on the final stage of our £30 million train refurbishment programme.

“Whilst the Meridians are the newest trains within our fleet, we still want to make sure they given their fair share of care and attention as part of our refurbishment programme.”

Source: East Midlands Trains