Based on the Leyland bus style and built to a low cost in the 80's the British Rail class 142 are all destined to be taken out of service by the end of last year, however due to a delay in some new trains coming out of CAF in Spain due to various technical issues the Pacers will continue to run.
Northern Rail commissioned new trains to be built replacing older stock. Some of these new train sets were supposed to be in service now but not all sets have arrived nor training completed.
The transition was supposed to be completed by Easter 2019 as planned but it is speculated this maybe for a few months later.
The issues reported are only minor and it is expected that with a new train on test it will face some alterations or improvements to cater for our network. The plan to install some of the new services will go ahead before the original expected dates.
It aims to become the first cooperatively owned train operating company in the UK, improving access and joining other transport services together via light rail and Park and Ride options. However, due to some financial by their main partner The Co-operative Bank, have delayed these plans.
Currently the 142 Pacer train regally serves lines to Morcambe, Heysham, Ormskirk, Blackpool South, Colne and many other routes. So for now, loath or like them, the Pacer train is here to stay for a little longer.
What do you think about the Pacer and it's new replacement the 195. Do you think the Pacer 142 train should stay on certain lines especially with the announcement from the Transport secretary interested in opening up old lines?
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