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Boxer Luke Campbell launches the improved TransPennines trains

Olympic boxer Luke Campbell helps First Trains promote their improved train services at Sheffield Railway Station.

Olympic boxer Luke Campbell helps First Trains promote their improved train services at Sheffield Railway Station.

Olympic gold medal-winning boxer Luke Campbell packed a punch as he visited Sheffield to help launch an improved new timetable of services to Manchester.

The sporting star was on hand at Sheffield rail station to promote the introduction of longer trains between Sheffield and Manchester by First TransPennine Express.

There will be more capacity on the route, with an extra 8,000 seats during the week and 1,600 more during peak times along the route. Most trains will now be running as three or four carriages.

Luke, who won gold in the bantamweight division at London 2012, cycled on an adapted bike to light up the firm’s illuminated sign at the station.

He said: “The First TransPennine Express trains ran on part of the route that took me from home in Hull to the Olympic games in London and many of my other boxing matches. The new trains look much better, very different to the trains I used to travel on.”

 

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