Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Class 170's on South TransPennine Route

As previously mentioned as a possibility, two car class 170 'Turbostars' will be used on some services operated to Cleethorpes by Transpennine Express from September. The Grimsby Telegraph reports they will be used on 4 out of 16 Monday to Thursday services, and also on three weekend (2 Saturday/1 Sunday) services. However on weekends they will operate in multiple as four car units, providing a capacity increase compared to the current three car Class 185's. Cleethorpes drivers have been training on the Class 170's this summer, with special training journeys operating between Cleethorpes and Barton.

Also the at seat trolley service between Cleethorpes and Doncaster will be axed from September to try and reduce financial losses. The catering service will remain between Doncaster and Manchester.

Transpennine Express provide an hourly service from Cleethorpes, Grimsby Town, Barnetby and Scunthorpe to Doncaster, Meadowhall, Sheffield, Stockport, Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport, with some services also serving Habrough. The service is referred to as the South TransPennine route.

1 comment:

LEYTR said...

TPE want to increase capacity on its north-west to Glasgow services and also those into Leeds and Manchester, so pinching three-car DMUs and replacing them with two-car versions is essentially what is happening here. The Turbostars are not as new as the Desiros either.