Rail Passengers "Rightly Angry" Over Pacer Delay

The outdated trains are set to stay for 6 months longer than expected.

The Leader of Bradford Council has criticised news that dated Pacer trains will still be operating on Bradford lines until next summer.

A report to West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee has revealed that despite government promises that Pacers would be phased out by the end of 2019, at least at least 23 Pacers would still be operating into 2020, with a phasing out now expected by next summer.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leader of Bradford Council, said: “Rail passengers are rightly angry at the ongoing poor levels of service they are experiencing and delays delivering franchise promises including additional services. This has been compounded by confirmation that Pacer trains will remain in service next year following repeated promises that they would be withdrawn by the end of 2019.

“With autumn representing the peak period of demand for rail travel, operators need to have sufficient rolling stock in place to ensure passengers are not left on platforms.

“We will not have the modern, reliable rail network we need until there is investment in additional capacity, through more and longer trains and associated infrastructure improvements and, in the longer term, the delivery of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail with a line through Bradford City Centre.”

The report into local services, being discussed on Friday, also reveals that a number of direct services linking Bradford to key destinations like Manchester Airport and Liverpool will not be introduced in December as planned.

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