New trains, more seats, additional services, new destination

Mon, September 2nd, 2019

This is an important year in the transformation of TransPennine Express

This is an important year in the transformation of TransPennine Express, with new trains, more seats, additional services and new destinations being introduced.

As you might be aware, on 24 August 2019 TransPennine Express began a “soft launch” of their Nova 3 trains, with the first train deployed on services between Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, York and Scarborough. This was the first time that one of their brand-new trains operated in customer service and marked a major milestone in transforming rail travel in the North of England and into Scotland. The feedback from the first customers who have been able to travel on Nova 3 so far in its first days of operation has been extremely positive.

In the coming months TransPennine Express will be introducing 44 new trains into service as they deliver on a £500m investment programme, providing 220 carriages and around 80% more seats for customers. Two of their fleet of Nova 3 trains will be in service each day from 23 September 2019 operating between Liverpool and Scarborough. These train introductions allow them to start the process of cascading existing rolling stock and lengthening the formations of other trains. They expect this to be followed in October with the start of the roll out of their Nova 2 and Nova 1 fleets into passenger service.

TransPennine Express are excited about introducing three daily return services between Liverpool and Glasgow, providing direct rail connectivity between these great cities and increasing journey opportunities for communities along the route.  They are confirming that these three daily return Liverpool to Glasgow services will be introduced on 15 December 2019, with tickets for these services being available from late September for customers to purchase and make seat reservations. This is later than originally planned due to changes in the transition from old to new trains on their services that operate on the West Coast Main Line.

The timetable for December 2019 is in the final stages of being agreed with Network Rail. That timetable for services, developed in conjunction with Transport for the North, will see improvements across the network including for Hull and the local stations serving Leeds/Manchester as well as connecting Morpeth and Redcar to the TransPennine Express network for the first time. Further details on this timetable to come soon.

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