So the much needed electrification of routes out of Manchester will after all take place, despite the Spending Review, though there is some anger that the time for the work has been extended so that it won't be finished until 2016 at the earliest.
(Almost) anything is better than a Northern 150! The FCC 319s are ok, but personally I think the SWT 455s have been very well refurbished, with the thin-backed Siemens seating similar to that on the TPE 185s. They have also opened up the door vestibules to allow much easier access (as well as more room for people to crush...)
If you are going to use three-letter codes, please use them consistently. I'm guessing LPL means Liverpool (but Lime St is LIV, LPL is the airline code for Liverpool Airport) and MAN Manchester (Piccadilly is MAN, but trains may well go to MCV as Slip has already pointed out!).
Better still, why not use the full names, I can see it being less confusing for a lot of readers.
I had an idea they weren`t going to electrify the MAN-LPL routes just for this service, this is a multi million pound investment, I think we will see trains triple on these lines, the ECC proposal is intetesting. There is no doubt this line is going to become a major pathway into MAN
Yes, but not as many. There's no guarantee the current services will still be running after electrification as the new 'northern' franchise (with a small n to distinguish from the train co.) will be in place by then.
I'm beginning to think some people are never satisfied. Can we get the currently promised projects finished before insisting that additional ones are done? Over-extending the project scope (and cost) often means nothing gets done in the end.
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