FirstGroup have denied they are planning to introduce third-class carriages on their TransPennine Express trains.
Government proposals that train operators can now introduce ‘a third passenger class’ under existing franchising arrangements, have drawn swift criticism from the RMT union and Labour.
First Group denied they have any such plan for their busy commuter route between Manchester and Leeds.
‘We have never petitioned anyone to introduce further classes of travel on our routes’, a FirstGroup spokesman said.
‘For starters, with first class taking up so much room on our rolling stock, despite limited take-up, where would we put it? Moreover, with chronic overcrowding, the faint smell of piss, uncomfortable seats and a timetable so theoretical that it’s been nominated for a Nobel prize in physics, it’s not possible to provide a service worse than our current standard class.’