Survey: Passengers riding in creaking rail carriages

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Survey: Passengers riding in creaking rail carriages

A new survey shows rail passengers in Northamptonshire and Peterborough are having to use carriages that are decades old.

Official figures show rolling stock belonging to Virgin East Coast and Govia is almost 30 years old.

East Midlands, Cross Country and Abellio don’t fare much better.

Below is a list of the average age of rolling stock used by each train operating company in Britain (excluding Northern Ireland) ranked from oldest to newest – according to the Office for Rail and Road.

All figures are for January-March 2015, and are the latest available.

1. Merseyrail; 36.3 years

2. First Great Western; 32.4 years

3. Virgin Trains East Coast; 29.3 years

4. Govia Thameslink Railway; 28.9 years

5. Greater Anglia; 27.6 years

6. Northern Rail; 26.3 years

7. Arriva Trains Wales; 24.4 years

8. East Midlands Trains; 23.3 years

9. ScotRail; 20.5 years

10. Chiltern; 19.1 years

11. South West Trains; 18.9 years

12. CrossCountry; 16.6 years

13. Southeastern; 15.4 years

14. c2c; 14.0 years

15. Southern; 13.9 years

16. London Midland; 11.0 years

17. Virgin Trains West Coast; 10.4 years

18. First TransPennine Express; 7.7 years

19. London Overground; 4.7 years

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