Upgrades to Class 170 Train Fleet

Class 170 trains at Saxmundham station

Passengers travelling on the East Suffolk Lines will soon notice big improvements to the Class 170 train fleet. Train operator Greater Anglia is refurbishing all eight three-carriage and four two-carriage Class 170 trains.

The work includes: 

  • plug sockets to charge laptops and smartphones
  • refurbished seats: new cushions, seat back and new covers
  • six more seats on every three carriage train
  • new carpets interior repainting of the vestibule area
  • new flooring in the toilets
  • a refurbishment of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
  • new wall panels repainted grab handles and grab rails
  • a deep clean throughout
  • repainting the exterior in Greater Anglia’s red and white livery

The class 170 units work the rural routes including the East Suffolk Line, with occasional working on the Felixstowe line, and also provide Ipswich – Cambridge, Ipswich – Peterborough, and Norwich – Cambridge services. The work, being done in Crewe, is part of Greater Anglia's new franchise which commenced October 2016. 

The work, being done in Crewe, is part of Greater Anglia's new franchise which commenced October 2016. The new franchise will see the upgraded Class 170 trains replaced by brand new trains starting in 2019. Every train in the Greater Anglia fleet will be replaced by 1,043 new carriages by the end of 2020.