Southeastern says that it has completed a refurbishment of all 112 of its Class 375 ‘Electrostar’ trains that operate on Southeastern’s routes serving Kent, East Sussex and mainline London stations.

(c) Southeastern

During the refurbishment, all of the Electrostar trains have received at-seat power sockets, including USB points and new LED lighting.

Meanwhile, new energy efficient lighting will produce the same level of light in carriages while using up to three-quarters less energy, and energy meters have been installed on the 42 trains that didn’t have them to track usage and costs better.

Mark Johnson, Southeastern’s Engineering Director, said: “This £10m investment in our trains help us to deliver better journeys on our mainline routes connecting London with Kent and East Sussex. We know how much our customers value being able to plug in or charge up their devices while on the move.

“The new LED lighting and energy meters also help us with our energy efficiency and supports our drive to reduce costs wherever possible.

“I’m really proud of all the hard work that has gone into making these improvements, and it is just one part of the wider programme to upgrade all of our trains so that they are fit for the future.”

Two trains per week were upgraded, with a team of 10 based at Southeastern’s Ashford Train Maintenance Centre on a five-shift turnaround, working days and nights.

The Class 375 Electrostar fleet was introduced by Connex South Eastern between 2001 and 2005. In total, 112 units were built, in sub-classes:

  • Class 375/3 – three car trains
  • Class 375/6 – four car trains with ‘dual voltage’ capability meaning they can work on the ‘third rail’ electrification across Southeastern’s network, or underneath overhead electrification.
  • Class 375/7 – four car trains
  • Class 375/9 – four car trains

The Class 375 fleet is owned by Eversholt Rail Limited.


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