Electric trains will whistle through St Helens on Liverpool-Manchester route

Electric trains set to create new standards

Electric trains set to create new standards

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THE country’s biggest train operator has today said that from December four carriage electric trains will operate on the newly electrified Liverpool-Manchester railway.

The announcement by Northern Rail follows an agreement reached with the Department for Transport to introduce electric trains into the North West from December 2014.

The first of 14 Class 319 trains will operate on the inter city route from December with more scheduled to be introduced in 2015. The line is part of a £400million electrification programme for the North West and the trains will pick up passengers at Newton-le-Willows, St Helens Junction and Lea Green.

As well as being a 'greener' form of transport compared to diesel power the trains will provider a smoother ride for passengers.

Alex Hynes, Northern Rail’s managing director, said: “This is fantastic news for our customers. 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.”

Rail Minister Stephen Hammond said: “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. I look forward to further improvements as more trains are introduced.”

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5:08pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Eman Resu says...

That photo is of a DIESEL train.
That photo is of a DIESEL train. Eman Resu
  • Score: 6

10:39pm Wed 2 Apr 14

CheesyBeanz says...

So these class 319's will be the old rolling stock currently used by First CC on the Thameslink and will no doubt be in a sad state of disrepair just like the 142's they're replacing. Also, no doubt First CC will be receiving brand new stock as replacements.

A perfect example of the GOV't and the DfT putting that London first. There is a world beyond you know!
So these class 319's will be the old rolling stock currently used by First CC on the Thameslink and will no doubt be in a sad state of disrepair just like the 142's they're replacing. Also, no doubt First CC will be receiving brand new stock as replacements. A perfect example of the GOV't and the DfT putting that London first. There is a world beyond you know! CheesyBeanz
  • Score: 8

10:57am Thu 3 Apr 14

AiJay1 says...

What about earlestown?
What about earlestown? AiJay1
  • Score: 1

9:31pm Thu 3 Apr 14

CheesyBeanz says...

AiJay1 wrote:
What about earlestown?
People I know never say they live in Earlestown, they always refer to it as all being Newton Le Willows. My guess is that the writer of this article is doing just that.

You could also argue 'What about Rainhill' as it's currently part of the St Helens MBC.
[quote][p][bold]AiJay1[/bold] wrote: What about earlestown?[/p][/quote]People I know never say they live in Earlestown, they always refer to it as all being Newton Le Willows. My guess is that the writer of this article is doing just that. You could also argue 'What about Rainhill' as it's currently part of the St Helens MBC. CheesyBeanz
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9:46pm Thu 3 Apr 14

aldishopper42 says...

CheesyBeanz wrote:
So these class 319's will be the old rolling stock currently used by First CC on the Thameslink and will no doubt be in a sad state of disrepair just like the 142's they're replacing. Also, no doubt First CC will be receiving brand new stock as replacements.

A perfect example of the GOV't and the DfT putting that London first. There is a world beyond you know!
Absolutely spot on. The Class 319 trains are already over 25 years old (roughly the same age as the current Class 142 and 156 rolling stock) and will no doubt be in a ramshackle state when they are introduced here in the North West.
[quote][p][bold]CheesyBeanz[/bold] wrote: So these class 319's will be the old rolling stock currently used by First CC on the Thameslink and will no doubt be in a sad state of disrepair just like the 142's they're replacing. Also, no doubt First CC will be receiving brand new stock as replacements. A perfect example of the GOV't and the DfT putting that London first. There is a world beyond you know![/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on. The Class 319 trains are already over 25 years old (roughly the same age as the current Class 142 and 156 rolling stock) and will no doubt be in a ramshackle state when they are introduced here in the North West. aldishopper42
  • Score: 5

5:17pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Bill Bradbury says...

aldishopper42 wrote:
CheesyBeanz wrote: So these class 319's will be the old rolling stock currently used by First CC on the Thameslink and will no doubt be in a sad state of disrepair just like the 142's they're replacing. Also, no doubt First CC will be receiving brand new stock as replacements. A perfect example of the GOV't and the DfT putting that London first. There is a world beyond you know!
Absolutely spot on. The Class 319 trains are already over 25 years old (roughly the same age as the current Class 142 and 156 rolling stock) and will no doubt be in a ramshackle state when they are introduced here in the North West.
I made this comment in the Star and National Press and at the Transport Forums some 6 months ago. We get everyone's cast-offs and have to be re-furbished (according to Rail Magazine) to work on the new electric power system and to comply with disability access.
And they are taking our trans Penine class trains, (always standing room only), to work on the Chiltern Railway for the benefit of London-Oxford passengers. We need somebody with political clout but ceratainly not our NW MP's who should be jumping up and down on this in Parliament.
[quote][p][bold]aldishopper42[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CheesyBeanz[/bold] wrote: So these class 319's will be the old rolling stock currently used by First CC on the Thameslink and will no doubt be in a sad state of disrepair just like the 142's they're replacing. Also, no doubt First CC will be receiving brand new stock as replacements. A perfect example of the GOV't and the DfT putting that London first. There is a world beyond you know![/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on. The Class 319 trains are already over 25 years old (roughly the same age as the current Class 142 and 156 rolling stock) and will no doubt be in a ramshackle state when they are introduced here in the North West.[/p][/quote]I made this comment in the Star and National Press and at the Transport Forums some 6 months ago. We get everyone's cast-offs and have to be re-furbished (according to Rail Magazine) to work on the new electric power system and to comply with disability access. And they are taking our trans Penine class trains, (always standing room only), to work on the Chiltern Railway for the benefit of London-Oxford passengers. We need somebody with political clout but ceratainly not our NW MP's who should be jumping up and down on this in Parliament. Bill Bradbury
  • Score: 5

9:50am Tue 8 Apr 14

Lestat1977 says...

why can't you get a train to Manchester fro Central, why do I have to take a bus to the junction? it's always baffled me!
why can't you get a train to Manchester fro Central, why do I have to take a bus to the junction? it's always baffled me! Lestat1977
  • Score: 0

5:35pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Bill Bradbury says...

Lestat1977 wrote:
why can't you get a train to Manchester fro Central, why do I have to take a bus to the junction? it's always baffled me!
Pity they closed the line that you can see bearing left out of Central. I suppose they expect you to travel to the Station on Elton Head Road by Sutton Academy. That will be the first to be electrified with the Liverpool/Wigan line to follow.
[quote][p][bold]Lestat1977[/bold] wrote: why can't you get a train to Manchester fro Central, why do I have to take a bus to the junction? it's always baffled me![/p][/quote]Pity they closed the line that you can see bearing left out of Central. I suppose they expect you to travel to the Station on Elton Head Road by Sutton Academy. That will be the first to be electrified with the Liverpool/Wigan line to follow. Bill Bradbury
  • Score: 0

8:40am Wed 9 Apr 14

Lestat1977 says...

Bill Bradbury wrote:
Lestat1977 wrote:
why can't you get a train to Manchester fro Central, why do I have to take a bus to the junction? it's always baffled me!
Pity they closed the line that you can see bearing left out of Central. I suppose they expect you to travel to the Station on Elton Head Road by Sutton Academy. That will be the first to be electrified with the Liverpool/Wigan line to follow.
It still a bus ride out, to me, it just makes more sense for a train visiting cities to go from the centre of the town instead of leaving from the outskirts - maybe it's because if it did leave from central it would make it easier to leave the town for shopping and jobs.
[quote][p][bold]Bill Bradbury[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lestat1977[/bold] wrote: why can't you get a train to Manchester fro Central, why do I have to take a bus to the junction? it's always baffled me![/p][/quote]Pity they closed the line that you can see bearing left out of Central. I suppose they expect you to travel to the Station on Elton Head Road by Sutton Academy. That will be the first to be electrified with the Liverpool/Wigan line to follow.[/p][/quote]It still a bus ride out, to me, it just makes more sense for a train visiting cities to go from the centre of the town instead of leaving from the outskirts - maybe it's because if it did leave from central it would make it easier to leave the town for shopping and jobs. Lestat1977
  • Score: 0

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