UK: new plan to improve rail services in the north

ukRail services will be maintained and capacity on key routes will be increased as part of a plan to secure additional rolling stock for the north of England, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced. Existing rail services will be maintained from May 2015, following a decision by rolling stock leasing company Porterbrook to move trains running on the TransPennine Express route to the Chiltern franchise. In addition, the Department for Transport has agreed a plan with the operators of the Northern and TransPennine Express routes to offer more carriages and seats.

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