Plan to axe Pacer trains in Yorkshire


Published: Friday 27th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Commuters in East Yorkshire should not be travelling on the old-style Pacer trains from 2020, the Government says.

The Department For Transport says any rail operators bidding for northern franchises will need new trains to replace the 30-year-old Pacers, which are sometimes jokingly described as buses with train wheels.

Bidders to run northern routes, including those in Yorkshire and across the Pennines, already face the prospect of putting on another 200 train services a day and finding room to transport some 19,000 commuters in Manchester alone.

Pacers were only intended as a short-term solution to a shortage of trains when they were introduced in the 1980s.

The Government says they are no longer suitable for the job and despite funding pressures it insists they must be phased out.

They were designed to be used for 20 years but are still in use in Yorkshire and northern areas. Prime Minister David Cameron hinted that they would soon be on their way out in November last year.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Friday 27th February 2015 by The News Editor

Comments (3)
  • Kevin Marshall

    Whats Nick Clegg doing driving a train?

  • JB

    The entire Yorkshire rail network is shocking in terms of passenger comfort and accommodation. Yes, the Pacer trains are very utilitarian and need to be phased out, however, the refurbished alternative (20 year old London Underground rolling stock) looks just as bad from the outside at least. Northern Rail’s class 158 locomotives are no better comfort-wise. There’s no lumbar support in the seats and the plastic fold-out tables are often damaged or absent. The standard of cleanliness on board is poor (dirty toilets, tables, carpeting). The carriages are often cold or draughty. Northern Rail also have a trick of acknowledging an initial compliant made by letter but not responding or looking into the matter any further (especially when the complaint concerns cancelled services), probably so that their performance statistics look better than they really are. The First Trans Pennine services are overcrowded to say the least. Try getting a train from Manchester or Leeds to Hull at peak times of the day (Saturday & Sunday included) on a two or three carriage train and you’ll probably end up standing for at least part of the journey. One of First Trans Pennine Express’ tricks is not to place seat reservations cards in the place holders, so that customers cannot claim their rightful seat. And, the apparent reason why they won’t put say six carriages on during peak times is that is that the class 185 configuration would then need two conductors to man the train.

  • Kevin Marshall

    Still think it looks like Cleggy 🙂

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