First modernised NS Sprinter EMUs enter service

THE first modernised Netherlands Railways (NS) Sprinter Light Train (SLT) EMU, and the first of the fleet to be equipped with a toilet, returned to service on August 9.

The upgraded trains are compliant with the Technical Specification for Interoperability for Persons With Reduced Mobility (PRM-TSI). Enhancements include retractable flaps below the passenger doors to bridge the gap between train and platform, two marked wheelchair bays with call buttons, and an accessible toilet. There is also tactile signage to aid partially-sighted or blind passengers.

The new interior design has been developed and tested in consultation with groups for people with reduced mobility.

In addition to these features, upholstery has been replaced by NS train maintenance and refurbishment subsidiary NedTrain, and each train will be reupholstered in a single day when the refurbishment programme is in full swing. The new seat coverings are similar to those used on NS’ fleet of Stadler Flirt 3 EMUs. First modernised NS Sprinter EMUs enter service

 

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