I was fortunate to have a media invite to attend the launch event of the new TransPennine Express and Northern franchises which was held at Manchester Piccadilly station on 1st April 2016.
Both First Group and Arriva Rail North have exciting plans for the development of their franchises over the next few years. These include new rolling stock and increased train frequency, together with other changes to improve the journey for passengers.
It was interesting to meet personnel from both companies and I wish them success as they start to deliver their franchise commitments over the next few years.
TransPennine Express proudly displayed one of their class 185 units in new external branding. It's certainly a striking change from the previous TransPennine Express livery of the First/Keolis partnership.
Pictures from the event can be found here;