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Surplus Class 185s could yet be retained

Once all its new fleets are introduced, TransPennine Express is due to return 22 three-car Class 185 diesel multiple units to Eversholt Rail Group.

However, TPE could yet retain them long-term. Following the awarding of the East Midlands franchise to Abellio, the Department for Transport announced that the Nottingham-Liverpool section of the Norwich-Liverpool route could be split, with Transport for the North to decide whether Northern or TPE would operate it from the end of 2021.

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  • Silent Observer - 03/12/2019 17:20

    This would of course make sense. 6 car trains running on the busy Hope Valley line gives a big increase in capacity and makes good use of rolling stock as opposed to allowing it to lie idle......

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