NORTHERN has given customers a glimpse into the future with the launch of its first fully refurbished train.

The delivery of 243 refurbished trains is part of a multi-million pound investment programme to enhance customer journeys with new trains, more services, more seats, better stations and faster journeys.

The Class 158 today made its debut for customers travelling between Leeds and Lincoln.

Bosses say the upgraded train gives Northern customers a 'brighter and more comfortable journey' with new seating and more leg room – and provides them with digital improvements including USB charging sockets at every seat and free Wi-Fi throughout.

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In the near future, these trains will also feature customer information screens and digital seat reservations.

Last week, the first of 98 brand new trains began test runs on Northern routes and is scheduled for passenger service by the end of the year.

More the 400 Northern stations will see improvements such as new waiting rooms, improved lighting and CCTV, and new seating by 2020, with work already complete at more than 100 stations.

Ben Ackroyd, Engineering Director at Northern, said: “We have promised our customers fully refurbished trains with modern facilities, I am really proud to see this first unit out on the network.

“We are committed to delivering further improvements for our customers in the north of England and this train – which will operate across the region – is tangible proof that our improvements are on track.”

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