The ‘refreshed’ Hunter line train.THE Hunter’s first ‘refreshed’ carriages from a $5 million state government face lift for the region’s trains havehit the tracks.

NSW Transport Minister and Minister for the Hunter Gladys Berejiklian said the project, conducted at UGL in Broadmeadow, was geared to improve reliability and comfort.

Upgrades include new seats, deep cleaning, anti-graffiti paint on the outside plus refurbished toilets.

The work is done on one train at a time to avoid timetable disruptions, Ms Berejiklian said.

“I am pleased the first two-carriage Hunter train has now been upgraded and has started service today, delivering a more comfortable journey for people living in Maitland and the Hunter,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Customers will get a better on-board experience with more comfortable seats, cleaner carriages and better reliability, with upgrades to safety and communications equipment.’’