Skip to content

First MTR South Western Trains refurbishment

Upgrades and associated overhaul works on 18 Class 442 trains


Vehicle Class


Number of Cars






Scope of Work

Upgrades & Overhaul


2018-to date

GRT has secured a contract from First MTR South Western Trains to conduct traction upgrades and associated overhaul works on 18 Class 442 trains operating on the South-Western

Railway (SWR) franchise. The refurbished vehicles are due to enter commercial service from December 2019. The agreement will see company replace the trains’ existing DC traction equipment with the latest AC equipment featuring insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) technology from Kiepe Electric Düsseldorf.

Scope of work

New seats and Axminster carpets will be installed, along with real- time passenger information, LED lighting and passenger Wi-Fi. There will be at-seat power sockets in first and standard class, and table-top inductive charging facilities in first. There will be spaces for passengers with reduced mobility, and accessible toilets.

Work carried out

  • The overhaul works are expected to improve the overall efficiency of the vehicles.
  • A new braking system from Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems is to be installed to improve environmental performance.
  • optimise the operating costs of the vehicles by enabling regenerative braking.
  • Additionally, the refurbished vehicles will feature new seats, new LED lights and Wi-Fi services, as well as table-top charging facilities in 1st Class carriages.
  • The trains will also provide universally accessible toilets and seating facilities for disabled passengers.

“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract, which follows on from other recent turnkey projects, including retraction projects, delivered in the UK”.



You can speak to us any way you like...

We don't mind how you get in touch - we just want to make sure you reach the right person when you do!


Tel: +44 1908 574400


Contact Form


Email a staff member direct

Class 319 Contract Award

Contract variation to add a further 4 x 4 car Class 319/4 vehicles to the existing FLEX contract.

Class 16X upgrade

Fleet upgrade comprising re-livery, doors and air-cooling installation

Class 150 Overhaul

Overhaul of 34 Vehicles

Class 153 / 156 Overhaul

A turnkey project for design, procurement, installation, testing and approval