Nick Donovan Statement
Nick Donovan, First TransPennine Express' Managing Director, said: "We can confirm we have no contractual rights to the Class 170s beyond our current franchise and we believe they have recently been offered by leasing company Porterbrook to another train operator for use after the end of our franchise term on 1 April 2015.
"We are in negotiations with the Department for Transport to agree operating until February 2016, which is the anticipated start date of a new longer term rail franchise. The exact details about the terms of this ten month agreement are being worked out.
"Following the announcement that the Class 170 trains we use will be transferred to another operator when our current franchise ends, one of the subjects that will be addressed by these negotiations is rolling stock capacity in order to maintain the significant capacity and timetable improvements that we will bring in from May this year."