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Northern takes delivery of two ScotRail Class 170s

A duo of ScotRail Class 170 trains have arrived at Northern’s Neville Hill depot near Leeds.

The trains, which previously provided services north of the border, will undergo a full refurbishment, with new features including power sockets and air conditioning.

Training on the new stock, which will provide services between York Harrogate and Leeds from May, is expected to start shortly on a route between Holbeck, near Leeds, and Nottingham.

The train operator said that the delivery of the trains is “another milestone” in its programme of train upgrades, as it invests millions in improving its existing fleet and phasing out its older Pacer style trains.

Ben Ackroyd, director of engineering at Northern, said: “The Class 170s represent an upgrade in the quality of train currently serving this area of Northern’s network and provide a first look at some of the features we will be installing on all of our existing fleet, providing a really high standard of on-board customer experience as we continue our programme of upgrades.”

A total of 16 Class 170 units will be transferred from ScotRail to Northern over the course of 2018.

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