Class 156 Refurbishment 2017-2019

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The ScotRail Class 156 fleet is being refurbished by Knorr-Bremse Rail Services at Springburn to make the trains compliant with the PRM-TSI (Persons of Reduced Mobility) standard.

To meet the standard, a replacement larger toilet compartment is installed, space is made for a dedicated wheelchair area in the saloon, and new door buttons and sounders are fitted. Other work includes a full internal and external repaint, new seats, tables and carpet, plus energy efficient lighting, power sockets and Wi-Fi installed. The new seats are from Spanish company Fainsa, of the same type being fitted to the new Class 385 EMUs.

Interior of a 156 after the PRM modifications and refurbishment work. Photo by JModulo

38 of 47 class 156 sets leased to ScotRail by Angel Trains are to be be refurbished, with the £16 million refurbishment project is due to be completed in March 2019. (The remaining 9 units are to go off lease).

The first 9 sets in the programme retained the original tables and 'Ashbourne' seating with green seat covers. 156510 was the first to have a full interior refit, and it was launched in public service at East Kilbide on 27 June 2017. Due to design flaws with new tables and seating, the following six units retained the original tables and 'Ashbourne' seating, however this may be retrofitted at a later date. Fitting of new seats and tables re-commenced in October 2017, when unit 156430 received the full interior refit.

156478 (leased to ScotRail from Brodie Rail) was upgraded to PRM-TSI comliance in October 2016, but retains the original seating, with 'Saltire' blue seat covers.

Unit NumberArrived SpringburnDeparted SpringburnRemarks
156509 xx/02/16 on 15/08/16 (retained original seating)
156502 xx/xx/16 by 30/10/16 (retained original seating)
156503 xx/xx/16 by 09/01/17 (retained original seating)
156506 xx/xx/17 by 04/02/17 (retained original seating)
156432 xx/xx/17 by 25/02/17 (retained original seating)
156501 xx/xx/17 by 10/03/17 (retained original seating)
156505 xx/xx/17 by 31/03/17 (retained original seating)
156507 xx/xx/17 by 28/04/17 (retained original seating)
156508 xx/xx/17 by 31/05/17 (retained original seating)
156510 xx/xx/17 on 23/06/17 1st full interior refit
156511 xx/06/17 by 01/07/17 (retained original seating)
156513 xx/07/17 by 28/07/17 (retained original seating)
156467 xx/xx/17 by mid August 17 (retained original seating)
156514 xx/xx/17 by 11/09/17 (retained original seating)
156512 xx/xx/17 by 02/10/17 (retained original seating)
156462 05/09/17 by 23/10/17(retained original seating)
156430 October 2017by 16/11/172nd full interior refit
156494 November 2017by Mid-December 20173rd full interior refit
156504 December 2017by 10/01/184th full interior refit
156431 xx/xx/xxby 03/02/185th full interior refit
156442 xx/xx/xxon 21/02/186th full interior refit
156433 on 21/02/18on 22/03/187th full interior refit
156436 xx/xx/18on 16/04/188th full interior refit
156439 on 23/03/18on 12/05/189th full interior refit
156435 on 16/04/18by 07/05/1810th full interior refit
156437 on 12/05/18on 27/06/1811th full interior refit
156434 May/June 2018by July 201812th full interior refit
156495 on 27/06/18on 13/08/1813th full interior refit
156492 June/July 2018on 04/09/1814th full interior refit (1st RETB fitted refurb)
156458 on 13/08/18by end of Sep 1815th full interior refit
156457 on 04/09/18on 19/10/1816th full interior refit
156446 on 19/10/18by Mid-November 201817th full interior refit
156477 Oct/November 2018on 08/12/1818th full interior refit
156493 December 2018on 10/01/1919th full interior refit
156476 December 2018on 29/01/1920th full interior refit
156474 on 10/01/19on 25/02/1921st full interior refit
156450 on 29/01/19on 20/03/1922nd full interior refit
156500 on 25/02/19on 15/04/1923rd full interior refit
156499 on 20/03/19on 13/05/1924th full interior refit
156456 on 15/04/19May 201925th full interior refit
156453 May 2019June 201926th full interior refit
156445 June 2019on 26/07/1927th full interior refit, last train overhauled by Springburn works.

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