Northern’s Long Six-Carriage Trains Delayed By Two Years

RAIL Branson 1...Handout picture released Tuesday June 5, 2001 of a Voyager diesel train which Sir Richard Branson hopes will kick start a "rail renaissance".  He hopes that the new 125 mph trains will drastically cut journey times on Virgin Rail's two routes - West Coast main line and CrossCountry (correct).  Complete with airline-style audio entertainment at every seat, the Voyager trains are being introduced initially on the CrossCountry Birmingham-Reading-Brighton route to beat heavy road congestion in the area.  The trains, which have an on-board shop to replace the old-style buffet, will carry passengers on a local shuttle service between Birmingham and Reading and from July 22 they will become part of the Birmingham-Brighton timetable.  See PA story RAIL Branson.  PA photo: Handout/Virgin.

 

 

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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