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Nice Western Railway has Britain’s fourth oldest trains on its community

Trains on Britain’s railways are 21 years previous on common, an investigation by the Press Affiliation has discovered.

It exhibits the age of British trains is at its oldest in not less than 15 years. Rolling inventory on the Caledonian Sleeper service is the oldest, at 41 years previous.

TransPennine Specific trains, within the north of England and Scotland, are the most recent at simply 9 years previous.

Campaigners mentioned practice high quality was a “postcode lottery” however the authorities says it’s rolling out new carriages.

The Workplace of Rail and Street (ORR) mentioned older trains may end up in much less comfy journeys, poorer reliability and worse efficiency than fashionable variations, though it additionally famous that older rolling inventory will be refurbished.

‘Nationwide shame’

Trains in London and south-east England are sometimes 19 years previous, whereas regional companies are 24 years previous.

The latest ORR figures cowl the interval between January and March 2016, with information going again to July 2000.

Ed Cox, director of think-tank IPPR North, mentioned it was a “nationwide shame” and never what you see in Germany, France or Japan.

“It’s little marvel that Britain lags behind different developed nations when commuters pay by the nostril for decrepit trains,” he added.

Mr Cox mentioned areas outdoors of London needs to be given powers to boost cash to spend money on transport and take again management over spending choices.

The Rail Supply Group, representing practice firms, mentioned it expects the typical age of Britain’s trains to drop to 16 years by 2019 because of the introduction of greater than four,500 new carriages.

Extra carriages promised

Lianna Etkind, of the Marketing campaign for Higher Transport, mentioned the present age of trains “exemplifies the dearth of public and passenger involvement” within the community.

She added: “Extra individuals than ever depend on the railways, they contribute a much bigger share to working prices than ever, they pay extra for his or her tickets than ever, and but there’s a postcode lottery within the sort of trains they’re served by.”

Final month, the Nationwide Audit Workplace warned that delays in electrification of the Nice Western rail line may imply passengers within the North and West of England might have to attend longer for newer trains.

A Division for Transport spokesman mentioned it was delivering the “largest rail modernisation programme for over a century” rolling out greater than 5,000 carriages over the following 4 years.

“Via rail franchising, we additionally count on the rail trade to provide you with extra proposals to introduce new carriages and enhance companies,” he added.

That is the typical age of rolling inventory for practice operators in Britain, in keeping with the newest figures from the Workplace of Rail and Street:

1. Caledonian Sleeper (41 years)

2. Merseyrail (37 years)

three. TfL Rail (36 years)

four. Nice Western Railway (33 years)

5. Virgin Trains East Coast (30 years)

6. Northern (27 years)

7. Larger Anglia (27 years)

eight. Arriva Trains Wales (25 years)

9. East Midlands Trains (24 years)

10. South West Trains (20 years)

11. ScotRail (20 years)

12. Chiltern Railways (20 years)

13. Govia Thameslink Railway (19 years)

14. CrossCountry (18 years)

15. Southeastern (16 years)

16. c2c (15 years)

17. London Overground (14 years)

18. London Midland (12 years)

19. Virgin Trains West Coast (11 years)

20. TransPennine Specific (9 years)