HS2

18.02.19

40-year-old Pacer trains in East Lancashire gone by end of the year, assures Northern

Northern has assured passengers that it will replace all of its 40-year-old Pacer trains on the East Lancashire line by the end of year.

Concerns were raised at a meeting of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and passengers have expressed doubts over the planned timetable, with the Pacer trains originally scheduled to be withdrawn from all Northern services by the end of last year.

But Northern’s director of operations Paul Barnfield stated that the ageing trains will be out of use by the end of the year, but stopped short of guaranteeing that they would be gone by 2020.

A new fleet of trains worth £500m will start entering operations throughout 2019, and Northern said it was upgrading the rest of its existing trains that will be in use in 2020 and beyond – but this does not include the Pacer trains as they will be leaving the Northern network.

Barnfield said: “We have a plan that we feel is robust. If there was an issue that occurred around fleet cascade, we will be looking at an alternative option.

“We can assure our customers that there are no plans to retain the Pacer trains beyond the end of 2019.”

At the WYCA meeting, the leader of Leeds City Council Judith Blake said Northern had “stopped short of guaranteeing they will be gone.”

The trains were meant to arrive in 2018 but have been hit by delays, leading to complaints from passengers, and the RMT has called several times for Arriva Rail to be stripped of the Northern franchise.

Darwen Council and TfN’s Phil Riley commented: “Northern has given us an assurance that Pacers will be withdrawn by the end of the year and we must take it at face value.

“I would hope that Northern fulfils that promise. Taking Pacers out of service was a priority in gaining its rail franchise. Passengers are fed up with them.”

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

£200m Edinburgh tram extension given green light despite criticism for ‘arrogant’ plans of ‘unknown financial risk’

15/03/2019£200m Edinburgh tram extension given green light despite criticism for ‘arrogant’ plans of ‘unknown financial risk’

Councillors have rubber-stamped £207m plans to extend Edinburgh’s tram line from the city centre to Newhaven despite major criticism ... more >
Safety warning issued after runaway road-rail vehicle raises concerns over brake maintenance and ‘inadequate supervision’

15/03/2019Safety warning issued after runaway road-rail vehicle raises concerns over brake maintenance and ‘inadequate supervision’

The RAIB has issued new safety recommendations after a road rail vehicle (RRV) ran downhill and out of control along a track for 340 metres. ... more >
Rail industry urges government rethink to deliver rail electrification at half the costs

15/03/2019Rail industry urges government rethink to deliver rail electrification at half the costs

The cost of rail electrification projects could be slashed by as much 50%, the Railway Industry Association (RIA) has revealed as it urges the go... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Manchester's masterplan with Transport for Greater Manchester

12/03/2019Manchester's masterplan with Transport for Greater Manchester

Simon Warburton, transport strategy director at Transport for Greater Manchester, outlines the region’s ambitious vision for the future. First things first – the good news: Greater Manchester is a success. Over the past 20 years, we have transformed this city-region into a confident, ambitious, and outward-looking conurbation ... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Are you an apprentice or provider in the rail industry? We want to hear from you…

13/03/2019Are you an apprentice or provider in the rail industry? We want to hear from you…

Last week was National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), celebrating the positive impact apprenticeships make not just on the individual apprentices the... more >
Safety of technical systems: the next 30 years

12/03/2019Safety of technical systems: the next 30 years

George Bearfield, visiting professor of railway system safety at the University of Huddersfield and director of health and safety at Rock Rail, t... more >
Delivering innovation through collaboration with Rambus

12/03/2019Delivering innovation through collaboration with Rambus

Russell McCullagh, vice president and general manager of ticketing at Rambus, tells more on the company’s collaboration with Worldline to a... more >
HS2: Cutting through Cumbria

12/03/2019HS2: Cutting through Cumbria

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce is arguing for HS2 services from London to call at Carlisle, Oxenholme and Penrith. The chamber’s policy lead, ... more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >