Northern has announced that it has introduced more than 50 new trains across the north of England.
The new trains have at-seat charging and free customer Wi-Fi. They are also fully accessible, have space for bikes and wheelchairs, and have real-time travel details
Northern began introducing the new Class 195 and Class 331 trains in the summer.
Since July more than two million passenger journeys have been made on the trains.
What did the officials say?
David Brown, Northern’s Managing Director, said:
“The introduction of these latest new trains – part of a £500m investment in rail in the North – means we have more than 50 per cent of our state-of-the-art fleet in service. This is great news for our customers and clearly demonstrates we are making real progress in transforming the service we provide.
“It’s fantastic to see so many of the new trains out on the network and I look forward to delivering the rest of the fleet as we move into 2020.”
Henri Murison, Director of Northern Powerhouse Partnership, said:
“It was northern civic leaders who came together to say we deserve a better service here in the north, and took the step of joining with the then government to decide what would be asked of our train companies. We agreed new trains should be introduced.
“Having more than half of the committed new trains on the rail network is another step in the right direction, and these will see more people getting out of their cars and popping into cities and towns across Lancashire by train over the Christmas season.
“The fact is that, whenever new or refurbished trains are introduced, more people start travelling by rail. This connectivity is crucial when people have to make decisions about possibly taking a job further afield. It also helps to grow the northern economy and help cut down the carbon emissions and air quality problems caused by private cars in our cities and towns.”
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