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Grand Central Trains, UK

Vinyl comes out on top for Grand Central

Altro custom transport floors


When Grand Central wanted to refurbish their vehicles and replace the worn down carpets, they turned to Altro.

Grand Central needed flexibility with short manufacturing runs, and the freedom to create a fully bespoke design – both of which Altro was able to fulfil.


Grand Central decided that a custom Altro transport floor was the flooring to satisfy their specification. In order to make sure, an eighteen-month trial was conducted before refurbishment began. Worn down carpet in the saloon aisles was replaced with an existing shade of Altro transport flooring which complemented the rest of the interior. They received positive feedback not only from the train crew and cleaners, but from the passengers as well.

Once the decision was made to use Altro's custom design transport flooring, computer generated interiors were created by Samantha Beeley of Designs and Concepts which then enabled our manufacturing team at Altro to create hand samples to help Grand Central to come to a design decision.


Grand Central specified Altro custom transport flooring in two bespoke colours – one for standard class, and one for first class – with our stunning Figura pattern option.

“One of the most important factors was that Altro have the facility to create a bespoke colour for the project,” says Paul Batty, Fleet Project Manager for Grand Central. “The interior needed to echo the corporate colours of Grand Central and be unique, smart and durable. This was achieved with the product.


We were aware that Altro supplied rail-compliant flooring, and a trial was conducted for approximately 18 months before refurbishment began. This involved removing the carpet throughout the saloon aisle and replacing it with Altro transport flooring. The feedback was positive from the passengers, train crew and cleaners.