Posted by: Jason's Staff | December 11, 2015

New Northern and TransPennine Express Franchises

Jason has welcomed the news that the Government intends to award Northern franchise to Arriva Rail North Ltd, and TransPennine Express franchise to First Trans Pennine Express Ltd.

Rail Franchise webpost

Together, these operators will oversee a massive £1.2 billion boost to rail services with 500 brand-new modern carriages, room for 40,000 more passengers, thousands more services and a host of improvements to deliver a modern, 21st century passenger experience. This follows the Conservative manifesto commitments with over £55million of investment in stations, there will be free Wi-Fi on trains and at the stations, smart ticketing, new targets to reduce cancellations and automatic compensation for delays for advance-purchase and season ticket holders.

 This announcement also means the removal of the Pacer trains.

 

 

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