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Class 142 Pacers are back!

Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:59 am
by RichardCoulthurst
The website www.railadvent.co.uk reports that Class 142 Pacers are being used to the end of the year.
According to a Government letter, 13 Class 142s have been granted permission to continue in passenger service until December 2020.
The letter from the Department for Transport to Northern Trains Limited gives permission for the Pacers to continue in service under Regulation 46(4) of the Railways Interoperability Regulations 2011.
The dispensation applies to the fleet of Class 142s operated by Northern Trains Limited only.
The Class 142s need to be coupled with a compliant unit (a train that complies with the Persons with Reduced Mobility guidelines), such as a Class 150, 155, 156, 158.
However, Class 142s will be able to operate alone if they are running services between Southport and Alderley Edge, or Southport and Stalybridge.
Along with these rules, the operator, Northern, must report on progress to replace them every 28 days, until the dispensation expires on 31st December 2020.
The 142s allowed to return to service are 142004, 142018, 142023, 142058, 142065, 142068, 142070, 142071, 142078, 142087, 142090, 142094 and 142095.

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