Is it end of the line for Pacer trains as Northern finally says none are in service? [News & Star]





Date: 21/05/2020

It could finally be the end of the line for Pacer trains, as train operator Northern says they are no longer working its routes.
For 35 years, since they came into operation during the mid-80s, they have been a heavily-criticised part of the network.
The continued use of the train - known for being slow, bouncy and noisy has been used as an example of the disparity in transport investment between the north and the south east.
Much maligned, they have been gradually withdrawn since December, with some planned to carry on services until their replacements arrive this summer as part of a £600m upgrade programme.


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It could finally be the end of the line for Pacer trains, as train operator Northern says they are no longer working its routes.

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