WIGAN passengers are now enjoying faster and more punctual commuter rail services.
A new generation of much anticipated quicker accelerating Northern Rail four carriage trains finally entered service at the weekend after the completion of the electrification of the line between Liverpool and Manchester.
The operational change means that the majority of services between Wigan’s stations plus Manchester and Liverpool will be provided by the refurbished Class 319 electric trains.
Striking new look exterior paintwork complements refreshed and modernised interiors including new paintwork and improved seating for a more comfortable journey.
Newly-installed on-board information technology mean that passengers are now being better informed about their journey while travelling via new digital screens and automated audio announcements to support the conductor on board.
Managing Director for Northern Rail Alex Hynes said: “These additional services are another step towards bringing a fully electrified service to the North West.
“Northern is committed to delivering a great customer experience and our investment in these trains demonstrates how important that is to us.
“With more trains and services being added this year, more and more customers are set to benefit from the fresh new look.”