Goodbye pacers, the new Northern trains are nearly here

Northern unveils new state of the art trains

10:20am 6th February 2018

Northern has unveiled the first of its new state-of-the-art trains, which is due off the production line in a matter of weeks.

The train, an electric unit Class 331, was presented to Northern at a special event hosted by manufacturer CAF last week.

The 98 new units, part of a multi-million pound modernisation of Northern's stock, will start to be introduced on the network from December this year.

The trains will replace many outdated 'pacer' trains which were introduced in the 80s and were only intended to be used for a short period of time.

Northern currently runs services on the Harrogate, Wharfedale and Airedale lines.

Northern unveils new state of the art trains

David Brown, Managing Director at Northern, said:

"This is a landmark moment for Northern and for rail travel in the north of England.

"We are introducing 98 new electric and diesel trains which will significantly improve journeys and the travel experience for our customers across the region.

"As well as looking like 21st Century trains, our new state-of-the-art units will be capable of travelling at 100mph, will have wifi, plug sockets at every seat, will be air conditioned and fully accessible."

Once complete the train, along with other finished units, will soon head to Velim in the Czech Republic for testing before being brought into the UK for further tests.

These tests will take place during the spring and summer with the first trains scheduled to carry passengers in time for Christmas 2018.

Northern unveils new state of the art trains

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