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Good riddance to the Pacers ? Not so fast …

February 7, 2015
About as warm and comfortable as a bobsleigh, Pacers are the temporary solution that keeps on clinging on

About as warm and comfortable as a sleigh ride, Pacers are the temporary solution that keeps on clinging on

After the government’s Autumn statement where the Chancellor finally pledged to rid the railways of Pacer trains by 2020, the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has this week muddied the waters by telling journalists “There may be odd routes where they will still have a role but overall the Pacers have had their day”.

This latest development, which has caused dismay for travellers across the North, suggests the government have realised what industry insiders said at the time of George Osborne’s promise – at the current rate of electrification and without any plans to order replacement diesels, the pledge would not be honoured.

Meanwhile, the government continues to place orders for brand new trains to operate in the south-east.

 

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