Rail service vow after trains move

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Published: Thursday 8th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Rail passengers in northern England have been promised improved services even though some of the area’s trains are being transferred south.

Under a leasing agreement, nine trains being used on TransPennine Express (TPE) routes will move to the Chiltern franchise this spring.

But Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced today that agreement had been reached to secure additional trains for the TPE and Northern franchise areas and that existing rail services will be maintained from May.

There will also be more carriages and more seats, but there will be some changes to the existing timetable, with the 6.18am Manchester Airport to Barrow-in-Furness service no longer running.

Mr McLoughlin said: “Rail services across the North are vital for passengers and for the economy. By helping people access work and leisure more easily, we are securing long-term economic growth across the region.

“That is why we have worked hard with Northern and TPE to ensure we expand services and enhance passenger journeys.”

Published: Thursday 8th January 2015 by The News Editor

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