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2019-10-21 DfT-001
Department for Transport


Rolling stock: Sheffield City Region

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Department for Transport

Rolling stock: Sheffield City Region

21 October 2019
source Department for Transport
type Written answer

note Commons Hansard Written question 180

Rolling stock: Sheffield City Region

Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking in response to Northern Rail’s confirmation of delays to the replacement of Pacer trains in Sheffield City Region.

Chris Heaton-Harris (Daventry): Our absolute priority is ensuring passengers in the north benefit from new trains, more services and increased capacity as quickly as possible.

Northern retired the first of its 102 Pacers in August and it plans to remove two thirds by December 2019. Northern advises that, subject to receiving appropriate dispensation, up to 34 (11 Class 142 and 23 Class 144) Pacers will remain in the fleet for a short time into 2020 to cover the delay in delivery of new trains into the franchise. If these trains were not allowed to continue in the fleet, then a large number of services would need to be cancelled and causing disruption for passengers across the North. Northern’s current plan is to remove all 142s by February 17, 2020 and to remove 144s by May 17, 2020.

The Pacers will operate mainly in South Yorkshire including Sheffield to Gainsborough Central, Huddersfield and Doncaster as well as areas of West Yorkshire and Manchester.

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Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that support is in place for customers using Pacer trains who have special assistance needs.

Chris Heaton-Harris (Daventry): Every train operator is required to set out how they will support disabled passengers and persons of reduced mobility in an Accessible Transport Policy (ATP). The Accessible Travel Policy, previously known as the Disabled People’s Protection Policy sets out the level of services and facilities that disabled passengers can expect how to get staff assistance. Every train and station operator is required to have in place an ATP as a condition of holding a passenger operator’s licence granted by the Office of Rail and Road. This includes offering ‘Passenger Assist’ to board or alight any vehicle and how to get assistance whilst on board.

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