More Capacity. More Opportunities. Greater Reliability

The first of Northern Rail’s four carriage electric trains started operating between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool via Newton-le-Willows on 5th March. And, more electric trains will be introduced during 2015.

In total the new trains will deliver an extra 3000 seats during peak times. The plan is for two fast trains an hour between Victoria and Lime Street. The newly electrified line is part of Network Rail’s £400 million electrification programme for North West England.

Northern Rail, the UK’s largest train operating company, is a joint venture by Serco and Abellio, the Dutch state-owned train operator.

Alex Hynes, Managing Director, Northern Rail said: “ These electric trains will bring much needed extra capacity, more reliable and sustainable journeys. More trains also bring job opportunities as we recruit more people to crew and maintain them.”

“This is the first step to unlocking more capacity for customers across the north of England.  We’re committed to continuing our work with our partners to campaign for more trains, better trains and electric trains for our customers,” says Hynes.

Blumilk Managing Director, Colin Robertson said: “We’ve worked closely with Northern Rail to help deliver the Company’s business objectives. The public and internal communications campaign devised by the Blumilk team working alongside the Northern team has rolled out successfully and with impact.”

Rail Minister, Stephen Hammond said about the service improvements being introduced: “This is great news for passengers and underlines our commitment to transform rail travel in the North. These electric trains will mean cleaner, quicker and more reliable journeys for thousands more passengers between Manchester and Liverpool, driving forward the economies of these two great cities.”

March 11, 2015