DRS support to Cumbrian Coast services 

DRS are delighted to announce they have now signed an agreement with Northern Rail to provide locomotives and passenger coaching stock.

The DRS locomotives and coaching stock will operate some of Northern Rail’s timetabled services between Carlisle and Barrow-In-Furness from Monday 18th May 2015 providing much needed extra capacity to passengers along the Cumbrian Coast route and also allowing release of coaching stock to ease capacity elsewhere on the rail network. This follows on from the successful trials that took place in 2012 that were supported by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Sellafield Ltd and Northern Rail. DRS will be providing two of our, newly refurbished locomotive hauled, MKII coaching stock sets operating six days per week.

Chris Connelly, Commercial & Business Development Director for Direct Rail Services said:”DRS are delighted to support Northern in delivering these vital services to the Cumbrian community. The contract demonstrates our company’s unique flexibility to provide industry leading services to both the freight and passenger markets.”

Alex Hynes, Managing Director for Northern Rail said:“The signing of this agreement takes us a step closer to the delivery of 2.5million extra seats for customers across the north west from May. The use of locomotives and coaching stock on the Cumbrian Coast will deliver capacity where it is needed most on some of our busiest services.”


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