Train users to benefit from extra seats

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train travelTired of never getting a seat on the train on your commute into work?

That could all be set to change in some parts of country as Transport Minister Theresa Villiers promises "faster, longer trains and more seats".

The pledge came as it was announced that next year will see thousands of extra seats introduced across major cities such as London, Birmingham and Leeds in a bid to ease the pressure on packed trains.

Overall 12,000 seats will be added with First TransPennine Express and London Midland getting 40 extra carriages each - welcome news if you've only just recovered from your morning commute on a crowded train.

Other cities set to benefit are Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Transport Minister Theresa Villiers said: "This is great news for passengers who will get faster, longer trains and more seats.

"Increasing capacity on some of the busiest routes in the country is a key part of the major programme of rail capacity expansion we have promised to deliver.

"It is a vital way of responding to passenger concerns about crowding and providing an important stimulus to economic growth."

The new carriages will be introduced in December 2013.

In another move, Google Maps and Trainline.com have teamed up to help save you time on the trains.

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