THIS region’s long-suffering rail travellers will be relieved that Northern is finally introducing refurbished trains this week as the bone-rattling Pacers are finally consigned to the antiquities siding at York’s National Railway Museum where their arrival is long-overdue.
It’s not before time that the North receives the type of rolling stock long taken for granted in London and the South East.
Yet, while passengers can expect a more comfortable journey, it is still is taking too long for new carriages to come into operation to ease overcrowding. And then there’s the availability of free, uninterrupted wi-fi and 4G technology.
Commonplace in France and other countries that truly value rail travel, all new trains should be fitted at the outset with the latest fibre-optics so time spent travelling to and from work, or business appointments, is not dead time because of poor internet connections. Unless new services keep up with the technology they, too, will become out-of-date very quickly.