TRAINS running from Huntingdon and St Neots stations are to be given a makeover as part of a £31million investment.

First Capital Connect (FCC) said its fleet of Class 365 trains is to be transformed with fresh interiors and easier access for people with disabilities. The trains, which are used between London King's Cross and Peterborough, will also have a mechanical overhaul to "ensure their continued reliability".

FCC leases the trains from Eversholt Rail Group, which is funding the work and expects the first of the new-look rolling stock to be in service by the end of the year.

The project will take about three-and-a-half years to complete and will also include improvements to accessibility - new wheelchair-accessible toilets will be added along with additional spaces for wheelchairs and a new automated passenger information system with audio announcements as well as visual.

FCC managing director David Statham said: "Everything our passengers tell us shows that a clean and comfortable travelling environment is important to them. This major investment in one of our biggest fleets of trains will give us just that - a brighter, new-look train cabin with better information and better facilities for people with disabilities."