End of the line for the Worksop rattlers?

The train at Platform One is a rattler.
The train at Platform One is a rattler.

Whisper it quietly, but could we soon be seeing the end of the Worksop to Sheffield rattlers?

Hot on the heels of Notts County Council ‘demanding’ improvements to the rail service through Worksop, comes a Government call to scrap these infernal cattle trucks for good.

Travelling on one is a bit like riding a bucking bronco on an 18-30 holiday to Magaluf

AA Grundi

Ministers say they will only accept bids for the northern England rail franchises if there are agreements to get rid of them.

Grundi isn’t one to make demands or even ask for credit with these things - but I’ve been calling for them to be put out to pasture for years.

The rattlers (or Pacers, to give them their real but highly misleading name) are 30 years old now and were only intended to last about half that.

If they were being used to transport sheep across Eastern Europe, animal rights charities would be in uproar.

But they still seem to operate 90 per cent of the trains through Worksop to Sheffield and Retford and Lincoln. Travelling on one is a bit like riding a bucking bronco on an 18-30 holiday to Magaluf.

It will leave you shaken and dazed with every bone in your body begging for mercy.

But it’s not just the rattlers whose days could be numbered - the council is also demanding more trains, more seats and an improved service.

You do wonder whether they should look to improve some of their own services before making demands of others, but it has to be welcomed.

More than 450,000 passengers used Worksop Station last year - and they deserve a better service than the current one.

Even if most of them are off to Meadowhall to waste their benefits.

Anyway, I’m sure there are a good few years yet to enjoy the screeching din of a rattler passing over the Carlton Road level crossing.