Following the announcement by the transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin MP, to maintain existing rail services in the north of England and enhance rail services on the Cumbrian Coast, DRS has announced that it will be providing operational support and rolling stock to deliver these essential services
Patrick McLoughlin said:
“Rail services across the north are vital for passengers and for the economy. By helping people access work and leisure more easily, we are securing long-term economic growth across the region. “That is why we have worked hard with Northern and Transpennine Express to ensure that we expand services and enhance passenger journeys.”
Discussions with Northern Rail and the Department for Transport have centred around the provision of two newly refurbished locomotive hauled MKII coaching stock sets operating on the Cumbrian Coast on a Monday to Friday basis.
This exciting new service follows on from the successful trials supported by the NDA, Sellafield Ltd and Northern Rail in 2012 which received a high amount of positive feedback from customers. Although the exact train formation and choice of locomotive for the service due to commence in May this year is still be confirmed.
Neil McNicholas, Managing Director for Direct Rail Services said:
"I am very proud to be involved in supporting Northern in delivering its vital services for Cumbria. This is testimony to what can be achieved through a true partnership approach between freight and passenger operators."