Its a step closer to finalising the ultimate plans for the future of rail travel in and out of the Fylde coast to new and existing locations across the Northern network.
Some question why a diesel train is under the new Phase 3 electrification process and not using it's EMU sister the new electric version class 331?
Simply put, the whole Northern network is not all electrified thus these sets are perfect and part of the ongoing improvements to cater for the passengers across the area providing cleaner, quieter and more efficient stock of trains.
All to be clarified later this year as extra trains and more of these units are expected to form regular services along with more newer stock, refurbished trains and extra trains coming in from other rail operators to elevate the pressures of a growing railway in the North.
A local rail follower stated the class 37's are now finished and done with on the Cumbria coast, the class 68's that were to replace the 37's are off to civil engineering duties.
Trains like 156's or similar that can work the Cumbria coast shall take over as from now while ex 158 Scotrail units soon to arrive over the border may cover the Blackpool - York service.
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One thing to be happy and certain of is progress is being made and there are great improvements occurring across the network, this huge investment from the Great North Rail Protect will effect services and encourage operators to invest in newer stock and train drivers accordingly.
Hopefully the GNRP tide will settle and soon everything will fall into place.
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