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First Cross City Line train to be revamped with disabled toilet is now operating

Bromsgrove Editorial 25th Feb, 2019 Updated: 26th Feb, 2019

TRAINS operating on the Cross City Line between Bromsgrove and Redditch and Birmingham New Street will be revamped, getting fully-accessible toilets for disabled passengers.

After 25 years of operating on the route, the improvements to the trains are being introduced to make travelling on the route easier and to make the carriages look more modern.


The first one to undergo the transformation was the ‘Unit 323217’ which went out on the track from Bromsgrove to Birmingham New Street on Friday.

Alongside the newly fitted toilets, there will be upgraded passenger information screens and new seat covers.

Work will take place on all class 323 units operating on the Cross City line and the upgrade will be completed by the end of 2020.

The Cross City Line runs from Bromsgrove and Redditch, to Birmingham New Street and Lichfield, via Alvechurch, Barnt Green, Longbridge, Northfield, Kings Norton, Bournville, Selly Oak, University and other stations.

Neil Bamford, engineering director for West Midlands Railway, said: “The installation of fully accessible toilets is an important step in providing an improved experience for all.

“While this work is being completed, we are also taking the opportunity to have a major internal overhaul done on the trains.

“We are committed to improving the experience for passengers using our services.”

Story by Henri Bujard.

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