Northern adds new diesel trains for Liverpool City region

Arriva UK Train subsidiary and rail operator Northern has introduced more new trains for Liverpool City Region.

Northern noted that the diesel trains will operate on weekdays between Liverpool and Manchester Airport through Warrington Central.

Northern deputy managing director Richard Allan said: “The Northern network is busier than it has been for a generation – more than 100 million customer journeys will be made on Northern services in 2019 – and the introduction of new trains is at the heart of our transformation for customers.

“We are delighted therefore that customers travelling between Liverpool and Manchester Airport will now be served by brand new trains every hour. These fantastic new trains are a true step-change in travelling experience and we are extremely proud to be delivering a £500m investment.”

The company plans to introduce 86 more trains up until the end of next year.

The introduction of new trains is part of the company’s modernisation programme, which is transforming travel in the north of England.

Northern’s five new trains will be offering a wide range of features, including free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, at-seat power and customer information/media screens providing real-time information.

The company has already introduced two trains in July.

The new trains were built by CAF in Spain and Wales, and Eversholt Rail Group provided the funding to manufacture them.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee chair Liam Robinson said: “It’s great to see the introduction of these brand new trains, which will improve the travelling experience for rail users travelling to and from the Liverpool city region.

“This is just the start of the improvements that we want to see for our rail networks and demonstrates that by working together with our partners we can deliver a world-class rail network for the north that improves passenger’s journeys with better times, frequency and capacity.”

Last month, Northern introduced the first nine CAF trains into service.

These trains will be operating across routes between Doncaster and Leeds, Cumbria and Manchester Airport, and Liverpool to Manchester Airport.

Overall, the train operator will introduce 101 trains under a £500m rolling stock investment plan.