Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry has unveiled the first brand new trains as part of a £500m investment for Northern Rail.
Almost 100 new diesel and electric trains will be rolled out across the Northern network, which spans the Yorkshire and the Humber and parts of the East Midlands, North West, North East, over the coming months. Replacing outdated Pacer trains, their introduction is in addition to the refurbishment and modernisation of all other trains on the network.
The Northern Powerhouse minister joined Northern CEO David Brown to mark the unveiling of the state-of-the-art trains, which is an important milestone in the government’s ongoing multi-billion pound investment in the north that will make journeys quicker, more reliable and more comfortable.
Mr Berry said: “These spacious, comfortable and modern new trains are a clear demonstration of both the government and train operators commitment to the Northern Powerhouse and putting passengers at the heart of everything we do.
“We are investing in the biggest modernisation of our rail network since Victorian times, ensuring people receive the faster, more reliable and more frequent services they deserve.
“Over the next few months we will see these brand new, state-of-the-art trains replace the out-dated Pacer trains, providing more seats and better journeys for passengers across the Northern Powerhouse.”
Mr Brown said: “I was lucky enough to see the trains in production in Spain earlier in the year, but it’s even better to see them here – just weeks away from entering passenger service.
“The quality of what has been delivered is a real landmark for Northern and our customers, and to be able to demonstrate that quality to colleagues and stakeholders today is an incredibly proud moment for me.
“Now it only remains for us to share these fantastic new trains with our customers, so that they can experience the comfort and the benefits all the new on-board features bring.”
The new Class 195 diesel trains and 331 electric trains have been built by CAF in Spain. They were delivered to Northern in the summer and have been going through testing since then.