Longer trains set to ease overcrowding

EXPRESS rail services between Sheffield and Manchester will have 50% more seats by December to ease overcrowding.

East Midlands Trains, which operates an hourly service, will have four-carriage trains instead of two on most of journeys on Mondays to Fridays and some on Saturdays and Sundays.

It is part of a route from Liverpool to Norwich that stops at Dronfield and Chesterfield. A company spokeswoman said: “We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of these additional trains which will help us to provide some much-needed extra capacity.”

First TransPennine Express also operates an hourly Sheffield to Manchester service, using three-carriage trains, including one first class.