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February 12, 2015

Northern Rail unveils new upgraded electric Class 319 trains

UK rail operator Northern Rail has unveiled the first of its new upgraded electric Class 319 trains, which will enter into service in the near future.

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UK rail operator Northern Rail has unveiled the first of its new upgraded electric Class 319 trains, which will enter into service in the near future.

The new trains will start running on the newly electrified line between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Airport after work completed on the route.

Last year, the operator received 20 electric multiple units (EMU) from First Capital Connect, a FirstGroup-owned UK train operating company.

Prior to its maiden journey, the operator completed carried out extensive cosmetic work and modernised its interiors, including new paintwork and improved seating.

"This investment is paving the way for us to deliver better services and more seats."

Northern Rail managing director Alex Hynes said: "This investment is paving the way for us to deliver better services and more seats.

"Our investment in these trains represents our commitment to providing a great customer experience alongside this, not only are we bringing a fresh new look but we’re improving our customers’ journey and how we keep them informed."

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The first set of these trains is expected to start service soon, while the remaining would start operation later this year.

With newly installed onboard information technology, Northern customers will be benefitted from better information about their journey.

The new technology will offer information while travelling through new digital screens and automated audio announcements.

Earlier this year, the UK Government signed an agreement with Northern Rail and TransPennine Express to provide extra rolling stock for the north of England.

Under this agreement, Northern Rail will also be responsible to maintain and increase capacity on key routes in the area.


Image: The Class 319 trains have had extensive cosmetic work done ahead of their maiden journeys with striking, new exterior paintwork. Photo: courtesy of Northern Rail.

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