Angel Trains is delighted to announce that our Re-tractioned and refreshed Class 317 unit has entered passenger service with Abellio Greater Anglia. The unit will operate in passenger service for the next 6 months to gauge passenger feedback on the new look train and to complete the final requirements of the contract (traction and unit fault free running etc).

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The pre-series vehicle has been the subject of a £7million overhaul as part of a joint project between Angel Trains, Bombardier Transportation and Abellio Greater Anglia and provides the train operator with new train look, feel and performance at a fraction of the cost of building a unit from scratch.

The project included a complete interior redesign to increase capacity and ensure PRM (Persons of Reduced Mobility) compliance, and significant engineering work on the doors to increase the ease of maintenance. A major re-tractioning project was also undertaken to move the train from a DC to an AC power unit which enables the train to make use of regenerative braking and benefit from faster acceleration, both of which will significantly reduce power consumption and operational costs.
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Passengers travelling on the Re-engineered Class 317 will have the opportunity to benefit from a number of new features, including:

·         Refurbished interior, new seating and additional grab poles

·         Increased capacity, including larger vestibule areas

·         CCTV cameras throughout the train to improve safety

·         Climate controlled environment

·         Plug sockets and Wi-Fi throughout the vehicle

·         Passenger information systems to provide journey details