Rolling Stock: North West

Department for Transport written question – answered on 11th September 2015.

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Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Labour, Lancaster and Fleetwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department had with Northern Rail on the use of the Class 37 rolling stock on the Carlisle-Barrow-Lancaster rail line.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department worked with both Northern and Transpennine Express (TPE) to develop a scheme to provide additional capacity in North-west England, which includes the use of the locomotives – and coaches – on the Cumbrian Coast line. The rolling stock provider, DRS, has chosen to use Class 37 locomotives. These trains provide additional capacity on this popular route and a new early morning service from Carlisle to Sellafield and Barrow-in-Furness. The project has enabled capacity to be increased on many TPE train services between Blackpool and Manchester.

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