Voyager fleet upgraded by Avanti West Coast

  • Voyagers serving West Coast Main Line to get refresh
  • Deal signed with Bombardier to improve interiors of the fleet
  • Changes ahead of the delivery of new trains in 2022

Avanti West Coast’s Voyager fleet is to benefit from an upgrade with the first train to be completed later this month (July).

Voyager refurb vestibule (CGI Impression)

The 20 Voyagers – which operate over the non-electrified sections of the West Coast Main Line in addition to running from London to Scotland, via the West Midlands – are being overhauled following an £8.3m deal which was signed with Bombardier last year.

New Standard Class seats covers, saloon and carpets will be included as part of the overhaul as well as a revamped toilet area. All lighting will also be replaced with LEDs.

The interior bodyside and ceiling panels in standard class saloons, vestibules as well as toilets will also be repainted.

It was announced last year that the West Coast Main Line will take delivery of 23 new Hitachi Rail Classes 805 and 807 trains in 2022 to replace the Voyagers.

Avanti West Coast Executive Director, Projects, Andy Barnes, explained: “We know that ultimately our Voyagers will be retired from the West Coast Main Line.

 “But with two years on the rails, we wanted to improve them and not leave them as they are. All these improvements should enhance the customer experience and, as you will see from the images, will leave them looking very smart.

“It’s a significant investment that shows we will take every opportunity to invest and improve our product and service wherever we can.”

Voyager refurb 1st class (CGI Impression)

Bombardier Transportation’s Chief Operating Officer, Tim Bentley, said; “We are delighted to be partnering with Avanti West Coast on this fleet upgrade. The Voyager remains a great train and by refreshing the customer environment we can keep them that way.”

All 20 sets are set be completed by December 2020. They will be upgraded at Bombardier’s site in Ilford, east London.

4 thoughts on “Voyager fleet upgraded by Avanti West Coast”

  1. Why are they upgrading them if AWC will be withdrawing them in the next couple of years? Seems odd to me..

  2. Fair play, whether or not these are going in 2 years, AWC have put more effort in to refurbishing the Voyager fleet in a year than XC have done since taking over some 12 years ago.
    I actually love the 220/221 and those who are looking forwards to the 800s coming will be disappointed if comfort is a Concern, the seats on the 800s of LNER and GWR have very little padding, feels like your sat on a bench on long journeys. So make the most of the voyagers seats while they last.

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