Cleaner trains and stations among Crossrail takeover plans

The new Crossrail train will become a familiar sight - but not until 2017 (Picture: TfL)

The new Crossrail train will become a familiar sight - but not until 2017 (Picture: TfL) - Credit: Archant

Rail users across the borough will benefit from cleaner trains later this year.

Transport for London are set to spruce up the trains on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield line within six months of the route being transferred to Crossrail.

Although the branch will be taken over from May 31, the new Crossrail trains will not come into use until 2017.

Instead, the existing stock, currently operated by Abellio Greater Anglia, will be refreshed inside and out.

Mike Brown, managing director of London Rail, said: “While construction is forging ahead the first steps towards opening London’s new rail line will happen as rail services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield become part of the TfL network this Spring.

“This is another step in our transformation of rail services across the capital as we work to support London’s economic growth and meet the demands of the city’s rapidly growing population.”

Stations along the branch will also go through a phased programme of deep cleaning and painting as part of the changeover.

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Help points, CCTV, gate lines and better lighting and customer information will also be introduced.

TfL also intend to have staff at every station at all times that trains are running and improved accessibility provision.

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