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.

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. Subsequent units also retained the original tables and 'Ashbourne' seating due to the design flaws with new tables and seating, however this may be retrofitted at a later date.

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)



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