The first of a brand new fleet of trains set off from Preston with special guests on board.
First TransPennine Express has taken receipt of the first of ten new electric Class 350/4 trains as part of a £60m investment in new rolling stock operating in the north west of England and into Scotland.
The Siemens-built trains will be fully delivered by May 2014 and will bring an 80 per cent increase in capacity between Manchester and Scotland.
Guests from organisations across the north of England were invited onto the special service which departed Preston.
Representatives from local authorities, rail user groups and public transport executives joined senior delegates from FTPE, Network Rail, Siemens, Angel Trains and the Department for Transport.
Passenger services will commence on December 30 and will mark the successful completion of Network Rail’s phase one delivery of its £400m North West electrification programme. A new FTPE timetable will be launched in May that will bring a 30 per cent increase in capacity. The investment will give Glasgow and Edinburgh 15 services a day to Manchester Airport.