Published at 15:36 on Thursday 8th January 2015
Tags: DRS, DfT, Cumbrian Coast

Loco-hauled services will return to the Cumbrian Coast on weekdays from May. Richard Tuplin

Direct Rail Services has confirmed that it is to support Northern Rail in the operation of timetabled services on the Cumbrian Coast, while providing an increase in capacity across the North.

Discussions with Northern Rail and the Department for Transport have centred around the provision of two newly refurbished locomotive-hauled Mk2 sets operating on the Cumbrian Coast on a Monday to Friday basis. The move follows on from the succesful trials supported by the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency, Sellafield Ltd and Northern Rail in 2012. Although the exact train formation and choice of locomotive for the service is still to be confirmed, with the diagrams due to commence in May.

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