Average age of UK rolling stock highest for 14 years

A Northern Rail Class 142 at Darlington. PETER FOSTER.

London Overground is the operator with the lowest age of rolling stock (4.7 years), while the oldest fleet is Merseyrail’s, with an average age of 36.3 years.

The figures are correct to the end of 2014-15, according to a report published by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) on October 29. 

“These figures are not particularly surprising, as we know thousands of passengers are travelling on trains simply not fit for purpose,” said Campaign for Better Transport Public Transport Campaigner Martin Abrams.

  • For much more on this, read RAIL 787, published on November 11.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 02/11/2015 19:14

    Merseyrail's Class 507 and Class 508 trains will soon be replaced by brand new trains and Class 172 London Overground trains could be used on West Ealing-Greenford branch line once the electrification on the GOBLIN is finished on time and with new trains to be used on the newly electrified line.

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  • Paul Bright - 12/11/2015 08:41

    Trains built well by British Rail at Derby last over 100 years and have a level access floor. Travel by Great British Railways www.UKOK.fr.gd/HEROES.htm

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