Class 318 C6X Refurbishment
HSBC Rail (UK) Ltd
This fleet of 21 x 3-car sets went through a standard C6 overhaul plus a full refresh. The key feature of this project was the removal of all of the cab end gangways and creating a cost effective full width cab utilising only the existing cab, guard's seating area and redundant gangway envelope. This combined with a new cab desk provided a more modern spacious full width cab and provided room to fit an electronic destination indicator in the new centre screen.
This ongoing work lead to a cascade of similar work on HSBC Rail's Class 321/9, which had, all the same features apart from it already had a pre-existing full width cab. Additional features were: -
On a similar vein, the Class 322 had all the same features with the exception that the cycle area this time was a flexible zone which could be utilised for cycles, disabled space or a seating area (utilising tip-up seats).