Improvements being made in my area
- TransPennine Express will deliver an investment of £500million over the next three and a half years and provide 13 million more seats a year, with five carriages on trains between York and Leeds, six carriages on trains between Sheffield and Manchester with double the number of seats.
- 2,000 more trains each week will run on Northern’s routes including 400 additional Sunday services. These will provide more frequent services, faster journeys, better connections and more seats.
- 65 new Virgin Azuma trains with more seats will be introduced by Virgin Trains East Coast.
A better experience
- Train companies across Yorkshire and Humberside are introducing new and refurbished trains on key routes:
- Hull Trains is introducing a fleet of high speed trains on services to London.
- TransPennine Express’s 25 brand new five-carriage trains will be in service by 2019 and will operate on the route between Manchester, Leeds and York.
- All of Northern's Pacer trains will be replaced by 2019
- Northern are introducing a £500million fleet of 281 new, air-conditioned carriages as electric and diesel trains.
- Northern's existing fleet of trains will be completely refurbished.
- Grand Central is investing £7.8million to refurbish its train interiors.
- Many train companies are helping passengers make the most of the latest technology:
- all Northern trains will have free WiFi by 2019.
- Free WiFi has been available throughout Virgin Trains since May 2016.
- Grand Central provides free WiFi on all trains.
- TransPennine Express' trains will be fitted with free WiFi, plug sockets at every seat and on-board media servers allowing the streaming of films and TV programmes.
- From late 2017, mobile tickets will be available across TransPennine Express services. Passengers on Northern trains will also see improved ticketing, including mobile and print-at-home tickets and discounted fares for jobseekers.
- Northern Trains are introducing a new 'Northern Connect' service which will benefit passengers travelling longer distances. This will mean faster and more comfortable journeys (for instance, with catering services) for passengers and stations staffed daily.
Faster, more frequent and reliable journeys
- TransPennine Express will introduce 220 new carriages, equivalent to 44 trains by 2020. These intercity services will operate across the North and into Scotland and will run alongside TransPennine Express' existing trains.
- Virgin Trains are increasing the frequency of their services:
- Three Virgin Trains’ services per hour will run from York to London from 2020.
- Virgin Trains’ Leeds to London journey times will be reduced.
- Improved services to and from Manchester Airport include continued direct links with Cleethorpes and the return of an hourly Dewsbury service.
- A TransPennine Express service will run every 20 minutes between Dewsbury and Huddersfield, and a new direct service will be introduced by Virgin Trains between Huddersfield and London, via Dewsbury from 2019.
- A two-hourly service between Bradford and London, and a two-hourly service between Harrogate and London will be launched by Virgin Trains in 2019.
- Hull Paragon station is being improved thanks to a £1.4million investment which will be delivered by Transpennine Express.
- £500,000 has been invested at Huddersfield station and customers are benefitting from new waiting shelters and enhanced car park lighting. Nineteen stations are benefitting from TransPennine Express’ £18million refurbishment programme.
- Northern trains have invested over £38m in their stations to provide better customer information, facilities and security.
- All Northern stations with over 3,000 customers a year will get ticket retailing facilities and help points.
- 45 currently unstaffed stations on Northern’s routes will be staffed by 2019 and 54 stations will have their staffing hours extended.
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