‘Pacers’ to work with PRM compliant units

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GWR and Northern have indicated how they will combat restrictions placed on the use of Class 142-144 ‘Pacer’ units from January 1, 2020.

Both will run a non-compliant ‘Pacer’ with a compliant unit of another type to provide accommodation for passengers with limited mobility and also access to a fully accessible toilet.

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The restrictions have been brought in because of changed PRM (persons of reduced mobility) regulations. 

The delayed cascade or deliveries of replacement stock have delayed the withdrawal of ‘Pacers’ – all were due to have gone by December 31 – with some remaining in traffic, in the case of GWR, until May 2020. 

Two of the soon-to-be-withdrawn Transport for Wales Class 142 ‘Pacers’ are seen on an autumnal November 6 at Ystrad Rhondda. On the left, 142075 works the 13.16 Treherbert-Cardiff Central and (right), 142082 departs with the 12.35 Cardiff Central-Treherbert. STUART WARR

The timescale is likely to be similar for Northern, too.

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In Wales, Transport for Wales (TfW) has said it is seeking derogation to keep using ‘Pacers’ as a way of improving capacity and resilience ‘for a short period during 2020’. 

The loco-hauled Class 37 workings on the Rhymney Valley line will also get a derogation for continued use. 

TfW said the ‘Pacers’ and Class 37 train will gradually be removed from service as the Class 769s become available early in 2020.

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