Published: 31st May 2019

Retired pacer trains could be turned into a community space, a café or even a new village hall, under new plans announced by the Department for Transport (DfT). This summer, the DfT will launch a competition offering community groups the opportunity to put forward their plans to convert a Pacer into a new public space. The pacers, many of which have been in operation since the 1970s, will finally be replaced with new and refurbished trains across the northern network from this year. Rail Minister Andrew Jones said: ‘Through this competition we can ensure that the Pacer can be transformed to serve a community near where it carried passengers in an entirely different way. ‘What we need now are creative and exciting proposals from the public, alongside ideas from businesses keen to support this competition, as we say goodbye to Pacers on our railway. ‘The Pacers have been the workhorses … (To read the full article, subscribe below)