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Northern re-mapping under way

The present Northern Rail franchise has applied to the Office of Rail and Road on behalf of incoming operator Arriva Rail North, for permission to take over the services currently operated by First TransPennine Express between Manchester and Blackpool North, Barrow and Windermere from the start of the new franchise on April 1.

The documentation notes that the application is being made “as instructed by the Secretary of State for Transport”.

The application notes that the change will have “a detrimental effect in performance terms as these services have historically been measured on ‘less then ten minutes’ when addressing the Public Performance Measure criteria, and will now be measured on ‘less than five minutes‘. It notes that trains that were once meeting the criteria will now fail, and thus Arriva Rail North’s overall target PPM has been reduced marginally.

Early in January, Arriva told RAIL that it was not yet able to say whether it would operate Class 156s on these routes, or whether it would be taking over some of FTPE’s Class 185s that are currently used on these services.



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  • Philip Walker - 14/01/2016 20:43

    What about the Manchester-Glasgow & Edinburgh services? I would have thought they'd be naturally better with Virgin West Coast. The perhaps Virgin would purchase some Baby Pendolinos which would the enable reduced journey times, and better pathing on the West Coast Main Line. The Class 350 EMUs could then be transferred elsewhere to relieve overcrowding.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 14/01/2016 21:37

    Plus Arriva Rail North (Northern Rail) could also operate the Manchester-Hull via Leeds service and to York from Manchester.

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  • Chris - 15/01/2016 21:15

    We should not lose TransPennine on these routes

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    • FrankH - 27/01/2016 11:49

      I agree, pricewise it keeps virgin on it's toes.

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  • BigTone - 18/01/2016 10:04

    Philip Walker, Some of the new 125 mph 5 coach units will be straight electric for this job and I'm certain the Class 350s will join sister units in the West Midlands as they will become "non-standard" in TransPennine's fleet.

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  • FrankH - 27/01/2016 11:42

    The 350's end to end timings vs the 390's may surprise some people. All stations WCML Carlisle - Preston, 74 vs 71 minutes. It's only when line speed is 125 mph do the 390's gain a clear advantage.

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