Train operator Northern’s six-carriage long services in and out of Leeds station have been delayed by two years, BBC News has learned.
The longer trains were to be introduced at the end of this year but will now not enter service until late 2021.
The delay is because longer platforms at Leeds will not be ready in time
After a disastrous 2018, Northern is under pressure to improve the reliability of its services and deal with overcrowding.
It has now emerged that the much longer services into Leeds on the busiest routes at peak times, which were planned as part of a timetable shake-up for this December, will not materialise until the end of 2021.
But Northern still plans to start phasing in a £500m fleet of new short trains from this spring.
And despite much scepticism amongst passengers, the company still insists it will get rid of its hugely unpopular and rickety Pacer trains, which date back to the early 1980s, by the end of this year.
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