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Minister quotes definitive dates for final Northern Pacer withdrawals

Class 142 Pacers are expected to be withdrawn by Northern by February 17 2020, with all the ‘144s’ out of service by May 17 2020, according to Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris.

Responding to a Commons Written Question from Dan Jarvis (Labour, Barnsley Central) about delays to the removal of Pacers from service, Heaton-Harris said: “Northern retired the first of its 102 Pacers in August and it plans to remove two-thirds by December 2019.

“Northern advises that, subject to receiving appropriate dispensation, up to 34 (11 Class 142 and 23 Class 144) Pacers will remain in the fleet for a short time into 2020, to cover the delay in delivery of new trains into the franchise.

“If these trains were not allowed to continue in the fleet, then a large number of services would need to be cancelled, causing disruption for passengers across the North.”

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 891, published on November 6, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from November 2.

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