When is a train coming? – UK News
The UK’s largest rail operator Northern is due to start carrying the Northern Rail network to and from the Midlands by the end of the year.
The announcement comes a month after the company announced it was moving to a new £50bn investment in rail to improve services in the Midlands and across the UK.
Northern said the new trains would be faster than existing trains, and have wider seating, which would mean longer journeys and less overcrowding.
The company said it would be investing in its workforce to ensure a smooth transition from current trains to the new model, which it said would save around £2bn a year in operating costs.
It said it was investing £300m to develop a new track system to replace the existing track between Wolverhampton and London, which was due to be replaced in 2020.
“This will make it easier for our customers to get from one station to another, faster and more safely, while delivering a safe and comfortable journey for all passengers,” said Chief Executive Richard Allen.
“With this investment in track and signalling, we will be able to build an improved network and train system that meets the needs of the modern freight market.”
We have a huge track network across the Midlands, which is a vital service for passengers in the UK, but Northern’s decision to invest in the new rail service will see it expand further across the country.
“Northern is investing in a new network that will deliver a modern, efficient and comfortable rail journey for customers across the United Kingdom, and that is what makes this investment so exciting.”
Northern will be using a new, improved train that will be faster, wider and quieter than its current trains.
Rail network ‘unprecedented’The new trains will be the first to use new technology, and Northern said it hoped the changes would also help reduce delays and improve service.
‘More than double’The company also said it expected to see a “more than double” increase in journeys on its network.
The Northern line will be a “centralised, interconnecting network that connects across the northern half of the UK”, said the company, which will operate the service from London, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
This means the line will also be used to link parts of other UK cities including London, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds.
The Northern Rail route from London to Liverpool will be extended into Scotland, allowing trains to run through Aberdeen, Fife, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh, the company said.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the announcement would “strengthen and boost” the economy and create hundreds of thousands of jobs across the north of England.
Northern has invested around £3bn in the company’s UK business since 2012, and it has also invested more than £1bn in its existing network.
The firm said it had invested more £5bn into the existing network in recent years, and expects to invest more than that in the next three years.
“This investment is being driven by a combination of strong growth in passenger numbers and the continued expansion of our rail network, which has grown by around 70% in the last 10 years,” said Mr Allen.
“We are very confident that this investment will deliver an extraordinary rail service that will provide an alternative to the current system.”
‘Greater reliability and reliability of the current rail’The Northern Line, which runs from Wolverhamton to Manchester and to London, will be “unprecendented in the world of rail”, said Mr Grayling.
It will have an “unparalleled” level of reliability and safety, the secretary added.
“Our aim is to maximise the benefits of this investment and improve the way in which passengers and freight can travel between these two cities,” he said.
In a statement, Northern said the project would make it possible for passengers and their cargo to travel from the UK to Liverpool faster, and for freight to travel more cheaply.
“The Northern rail service is a network that is unrivaled in the country, and is also unrivalED in the industry,” the company added.
There will be more than 1,200 new trains on the line, compared to the 2,700 currently in operation.
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