New carriages set to ease train overcrowding

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EXTRA train carriages are set to be introduced on services in South Yorkshire to help ease overcrowding.

Northern Rail, which runs most of the county’s local routes, is receiving 22 new carriages to use across its network, including services to Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster.

Northern Rail managing director Ian Bevan said: “We are delighted that we will be able to provide much-needed additional capacity for our passengers from December. These carriages will deliver an extra 800,000 seats on peak time services across the north of England every year.

“Overcrowding has been one of the biggest challenges we have faced and one of the biggest causes of complaint tor passengers. I would like to thank our stakeholders for their support in helping demonstrate the clear need for more carriages.”

East Midlands Trains is still waiting for delivery of four two-carriage trains from another operator so it can double the size of two-carriage services through Sheffield on the Liverpool-Norwich route.

The line suffers from severe overcrowding and was nicknamed the ‘Sardine Express’ by a passenger group.

The first of the extra trains was due earlier this summer but the company is not now expecting to receive them until autumn.