New rail franchise deals bring northern train improvement promise
9 December 2015
From the section England
New contracts have been awarded to train operators for the Northern Rail and TransPennine Express franchises
Widespread improvements to trains in the north of England and Scotland have been promised with the announcement of new contracts for two rail franchises.
The Northern Rail franchise is being awarded to Arriva Rail North Ltd, while TransPennine Express is going to First Trans Pennine Express Ltd.
The Department for Transport said the deals would see the introduction of 500 brand-new carriages.
The outdated and unpopular Pacer trains would also be phased out.
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