Class 195 unveiled – future plans revealed


By Tony Miles

NORTHERN has formally unveiled the first two trains in its new £500million fleet which it says “will set new standards for customers using local rail in the north of England”.

The sets were unveiled by Northern managing director David Brown and Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry at Edge Hill depot, Liverpool, in October.

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Northern’s new Class 195 No. 195103 at Liverpool Lime Street on October 15. All pictures: TONY MILES

The Class 195 DMU and Class 331 EMU fleets feature free customer wi-fi, air conditioning, at-seat power and seat reservation systems.

David Brown said: “The quality of what has been delivered is a real landmark for Northern and our customers, and to be able to demonstrate that quality to colleagues and stakeholders today is an incredibly proud moment for me.”

Northern’s intention was to bring the first Class 195 sets into service in December, but testing delays have pushed this back to spring 2019.

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The exact programme depends heavily on the completion of infrastructure work by Network Rail.

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