New trains to replace north of England's ageing rolling stock by 2020
Transport secretary issues ministerial direction to overrule civil service objections over a pledge to replace all Pacer trains on the Northern Rail franchise
New commuter trains will replace the north of England’s ageing rolling stock by the end of the decade, the transport secretary has said, despite concerns within his department that taxpayers’ money may be unnecessarily spent.
Patrick McLoughlin issued a ministerial direction to overrule objections from civil servants in the Department for Transport over a pledge to replace all Pacer trains on the Northern Rail franchise by 2020.
Source: Guardian Transport