Rail com­pany re­veals look for 100mph trains

Rochdale Observer - - TIME-TRIP -

NORTH­ERN Rail have re­vealed how their new 100mph trains will look.

The new trains, the first of which are ex­pected to be in ser­vice by De­cem­ber, will be able to travel at up to 100mph and are fully ac­ces­si­ble.

Once com­pleted, the fleet of 98 trains will re­place the op­er­a­tor’s 30-year-old ‘Pac­ers’, which cam­paign­ers say are too small and not fit for pur­pose .

The first com­pleted new train came off the pro­duc­tion line ear­lier this year.

A video re­leased by North­ern shows one of the new Class 331 trains, which are cur­rently be­ing track-tested, tak­ing part in a trial run.

It also gives a glimpse in­side the car­riages, with seats in the com­pany’s trade­mark blue.

Trans­port chiefs say the new trains will be ca­pa­ble of trav­el­ling at 100mph.

The car­riages will have wifi, plug sock­ets at ev­ery seat, will be air con­di­tioned and fully ac­ces­si­ble.

North­ern bosses have promised ‘im­proved pas­sen­ger jour­neys’ af­ter months of de­lays and can­cel­la­tions, ex­ac­er­bated in May by the launch of a new timetable.

The Class 195 and Class 331 trains, built by CAF and owned by Ever­sholt Rail, are now go­ing through their first round of test­ing on the UK rail net­work.

This will con­tinue into the au­tumn as North­ern pre­pares to launch the first car­riages by the end of the year.

North­ern are also re­fur­bish­ing 243 trains as well as up­grad­ing more than 400 sta­tions.

The op­er­a­tor has promised that all Pac­ers – which is an outdated train that has been ma­ligned by many pas­sen­gers – will be gone by 2020.

●●One of the new-look North­ern Rail trains

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