ALSTOM Transport Service is to overhaul 120 Mk II coaches leased to Anglia Railways by HSBC Rail (UK). The £3m three-year contract is the first to be awarded by a train operator rather than the rolling stock leasing company.

The programmes will involve underframe improvements and full overhaul of the bogies, with new tyres. Additional work will improve the air-conditioning. The programme is to be carried out at Alstom’s Eastleigh plant, with 40 coaches modernised each year until March 2004.