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New trains for Cumbria and the Borders

The trains are part of TPE’s £500million investment Photo: TransPennine Express

Exclusive images of new trains that will run through Cumbria and the Borders have been released by TransPennine Express (TPE).

The trains will operate on routes across the North West and into Scotland from spring 2019.

They are part of TPE’s £500million investment programme.

The programme will deliver more services, seats and a better experience for passengers.

Facilities include comfortable seating, plugs and USB points, and more luggage space.

There will also be free Wi-Fi and an entertainment system that allows films, news and boxsets to be downloaded to phones and devices.

Each train will have display screens showing reservations and food and drink available on-board.

The 12 five-carriage trains are being introduced along with two other fleets.

Together they will deliver 13 million more seats per year for customers.

TPE's current trains are being upgraded to make sure they are of the same standard.

The Managing Director for TransPennine Express said:

This is an exciting step towards providing brand new, state-of-the-art trains plus more seats for rail customers across the North and into Scotland. Once ready, these futuristic trains will be some of the most modern in the country and I’m thrilled to be overseeing such an important transformation.”

– Leo Goodwin, Managing Director, TransPennine Express