As the first CAF Class 195 diesel and ‘331’ electric multiple units enter traffic with Northern, the operator is already discussing the possibility of ordering more new trains to meet a potential capacity challenge.
Senior Northern sources told RAIL on June 28 that the operator believes the new trains will entice more people onto its services, and that within two years - once all 101 new trains are in service - there could be overcrowding.
Asked by RAIL if it would be better to wait for the next Northern franchise before ordering new trains (it is due to begin in 2025), the source said: “Waiting for the new franchise would mean trains not entering traffic in 2028 or 2029.”
For the FULL story, read RAIL 883, published on July 17, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle now.
For the FULL story on the Northern new train launch, read RAIL 883, published on July 17, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle now.