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New Rail Franchise

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Widespread improvements to trains in the north of England and Scotland have been promised with the announcement of new contracts for two rail franchises.
The Northern Rail franchise is being awarded to Arriva Rail North Ltd, while TransPennine Express is going to First Trans Pennine Express Ltd.

For the full story from the BBC, click here and don't forget to say Northern Powerhouse.

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Here's what Arriva say

"Substantial investment in new and refurbished trains: The introduction of 281 new carriages, the full refurbishment of the remaining fleet and the removal of all Pacer trains within three years.

More services and faster journeys: Over 2,000 more trains each week — an increase of 12 per cent across the Northern network by 2019 — with more frequent, earlier and later trains offering passengers greater choice.

Beginning in December 2017, new timetables will provide 100 new through journey opportunities across Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and other regional hubs.More capacity: With more and longer trains there will be a 37 per cent increase in peak time capacity.

Significant station improvements: Investing in station facilities to make rail travel simpler and more comfortable by giving customers easier access to information and providing new seating and waiting areas.

Value for money and choice: Creating easier ticketing options which include new advanced and off-peak fares — alongside improved retailing at stations.

Connecting customers: Launching in 2019 with new trains, enhanced inter-urban Northern Connect services will provide faster city connections with free WiFi.

Northern employees: 45 currently unstaffed stations will be staffed while there will be extended opening hours at 54 locations."

Click here to read what Arriva say in full

As yet, we have no information for any local effects but keep an eye out on the website.

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