New trains from Northern arrive in Bradford

Bradford 331s
Credit: Northern

From this morning, brand new electric trains from Northern have been operating between Leeds and Skipton/Ilkley, calling at Bradford Forster Square.

The Class 331s are providng Northern’s customers with a step-change in journey experience.

Northern’s new trains are part of the largest modernisation programme in a generation that is transforming travel in the north of England.

It is currently fully refurbishing its existing fleet of 243 trains, improving its stations and has introduced more than 2,000 extra services every week since 2016.

What did the officials say?

Steve Hopkinson, Regional Director at Northern, said:

“We launched the trains last week and it’s fantastic to see them carrying customers between our great Yorkshire towns and cities.

“We promised our customers improved trains and there can be no doubt we have started to deliver on that promise.”

“The new trains now run alongside existing Class 333s which have also been refurbished and updated – they are like new trains too. So, now, wherever our customers travel between Leeds and Skipton/Ilkley, they will have a much better journey experience than ever before.”

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  • But why is Northern ignoring the Northeast of England, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland are letting these regions suffer with existing ageing trains that keeps on breaking down and are overcrowded. Whilst the Northwest of England, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Humberside West Midlands, East Midlands and Merseyside are getting brand new trains.