Northern pacer train makes final journey (at last!)

Posted on - 28th November, 2020 - 3:33pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston Railway Station, Transport
The final pacer train in action Pic: Northern
The final pacer train in action Pic: Northern

Northern trains have finally retired the much-hated pacer trains.


Regularly chugging between Preston and many destinations the shuttle-buses have carried their final passengers.

Clocking up more than 300-million miles the Pacer trains have long been seen as a sign of a lack of progress on the North’s railway network.

On Friday (27 November) the final pacer journey was completed by the 142004 from Kirkby to Manchester Victoria. It arrived on time at 5.45pm.

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Regional director at Northern, Chris Jackson, said: “The Pacers have kept millions of northerners on the move and, while they have served us well and provided some communities with rail services they may have otherwise lost, it is time to give them a well-earned rest.

“Northern has overseen significant modernisation in recent months and the retiring Pacers have made way for a fleet of 100 brand-new trains which are already servicing people across the north of England.”

Marking the final journey of the Pacer train Pic: Northern
Marking the final journey of the Pacer train Pic: Northern

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The fleet began to be removed gradually from service in summer last year to be replaced by new modern refurbished trains.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: The Pacer fleet has connected communities on the Northern network for over 30 years, but today marks the sun finally setting on trains that have become loved by some, but hated by many.

“This marks a new era of transport in the north, with passengers enjoying a brand new fleet of trains, delivering more modern services and creating a more reliable network across the north.”

Northern’s new trains feature free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, at-seat power and customer information/media screens with real-time information. They also contain more space for wheelchair passengers and those travelling with cycles.

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