c2c are spending £12 million on a refurbishment programme for their fleet of Class 357 trains.
Seventeen class 357/2 (357212-357228) trains will be converted to sub class 357/3 and will be known as c2c Metro Trains. They will be operate on the London Fenchurch to Grays line via Upminster but will be mixed with other trains on other services to Shoeburyness during the peak times.
These Metro trains will receive the same refurbishment as the others in the fleet but will receive further improvements:
Increasing capacity for a further 160 passengers
Installation of more handrails and handles
More space for passengers with pushchairs and luggage
Seating changed to 2+2
We know our trains are getting busier, our new train design we’ve unveiled today for our shorter-distance peak trains, which provide more space and will help more passengers making short trips to get on-board. We’d really like feedback on this new look, so we want passengers to try the new train and tell us what they think.
expanding the fleet
April 2016, c2c announced they have come to an agreement with the Department for Transport (DfT) for an extra 17 trains. These will be brand new class 387/3 four carriage trains - similar to those in use on the Thameslink and Gatwick Express lines.