Northern Rail

Department for Transport written question – answered on 22nd January 2015.

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Photo of John Pugh John Pugh Liberal Democrat, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of plans to continue the use of Pacer trains on the Northern franchise.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

We are committed to improving services for passengers across the North of England. Pacers fall short of passengers’ expectations. As the Prime Minister has said, we will be asking bidders for the Northern franchise to propose plans to phase these outdated trains out. All franchise competitions are evaluated for quality as well as cost.

In presenting his Autumn Statement to Parliament, the Chancellor said that in the new Northern and TransPennine Express franchises Pacers would be replaced and that new and modern trains would be introduced.

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