Letter: Trains - Please explain what is going on?

When is a Pacer train not a Pacer? When it's scrapped surely - and weren't we clearly promised that they would all be gone within three years when Arriva took over from Northern?

By The Newsroom
Monday, 9th January 2017, 10:30 am
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 12:01 pm
Harrogate train station  (1401205AM1)
Harrogate train station (1401205AM1)

This being so, I was surprised to learn of a recent service from Harrogate to York which, superficially, seemed to involve a brand new train - seats like those on the 36 bus; everything 21st century - until it moved.

Then came the customary shaking, rattling, jerking and grinding. Closer inspection revealed the crude, four-wheel cattle truck chassis which we have known and loathed for so long.

This was the railway equivalent of fur coat and tatty underwear.

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There looms yet another increase in fares, which are already twice those of mainland Europe.

Could we please have a detailed and unambiguous explanation of what’s going on?

Malcolm Wright