New-look trains calling at Penrith revealed

Date: Tuesday 5th September 2017
An artist’s impression of one of TPE’s brand new trains.
An artist’s impression of one of TPE’s brand new trains.

AN image of the first carriage from the second fleet of its brand new trains which are likely to be calling at Penrith has been released by TransPennine Express (TPE).

The shape of things to come on TPE trains.
The shape of things to come on TPE trains.

The ultramodern trains will operate on routes across the North West and into Scotland from spring, 2019.

The new fleet forms part of TPE’s overall £500 million investment program which it says will deliver more services, seats and an enhanced experience for customers.

Customers will benefit from a transformed on-board experience which includes comfortable seating, plugs and USB points, more luggage space, fast free WiFi and an entertainment system enabling the latest films, news and box sets to be downloaded straight to phones and devices.

Each train will also feature display screens that provide real time reservations and new catering facilities allowing hot food and cold drinks to be served on board.

The 12 five-carriage trains are being introduced along with two other fleets and the company says that together these will deliver 13 million more seats per year for customers, giving an 80 per cent. increase into the North’s five largest cities at the busiest times of day.

The company’s existing trains are being treated to a full upgrade ensuring they are of the same high standard.

The new trains are being manufactured by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) in Spain and are owned by Eversholt Rail. They will be maintained by at Alstom’s facilities at Longsight (Manchester) and Polmadie (Glasgow).

Leo Goodwin, managing director for TPE, said: “This is an exciting step towards providing brand new, state-of-the-art trains plus more seats for rail customers across the North and into Scotland.

“Once ready, these futuristic trains will be some of the most modern in the country and I’m thrilled to be overseeing such an important transformation.”