Extra carriages boost for trans Pennine trains

A First TransPennine Express service to Manchester Airport.
A First TransPennine Express service to Manchester Airport.
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RAIL firm First TransPennine Express is to receive 40 extra carriages for its trains running through Sheffield and Doncaster.

The company’s service passes through South Yorkshire on its way between Cleethorpes and Manchester Airport and is one of two fast services that run each hour between Sheffield and Manchester.

The new carriages, to be delivered by the end of next year, aim to help relieve overcrowding.

Theresa Villiers, transport minister, said: “This is great news for passengers who will get faster, longer trains and more seats.

“Increasing capacity on some of the busiest routes in the country is a key part of the major programme of rail capacity expansion we have promised to deliver.

“It is a vital way of responding to passenger concerns about crowding and providing an important stimulus to economic growth.”

The extra carriages are among 2,700 which will be introduced across the country in the next seven years after strong passenger growth.

First TransPennine Express’s trains through South Yorkshire will be lengthened from three to four carriages.