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British trains have the oldest carriages since records began, says research
Many lines, like the Hallam line linking Sheffield - Leeds via Barnsley, Wakefield and Castleford, and Sheffield - Huddersfield have 35 year old Pacers running on them, whose scrapping was promised in 2010, in sharp contrast to the investment London and the South East gets. And we know there will be similar horror stories elsewhere.Rail passengers in Britain are travelling on the oldest carriages since records began, research has found.
Customers are using trains that were typically built in the mid-1990s, making them 21-years-old on average.
That is older than at any point in publicly available records.
The findings come as passengers face a rise in fares by an average of 3.4% – the biggest in five years – as of tomorrow.
The Office of Rail and Road, which produced the statistics, has previously said older trains can mean worse reliability, less comfortable journeys and poorer performance.
Travellers using the Caledonian Sleeper service between London and Scotland have to put up with Britain’s oldest trains at 42 years.
Merseyrail has the second-oldest fleet at 38 years. Stephen Joseph of the Campaign for Better Transport said it shows “just how far the railways have to go to modernise”.
He said: “We’ve been promised new trains by several train operators... we now want to see these promises turn into reality."