TRAIN company TransPennine Express is set to create around 15 jobs at a new £7million train servicing depot.

Infrastructure work on tracks to the new depot, in Scarborough, began during September, and now construction has started in preparation for the brand new 'Nova' trains which are set to be introduced.

Customers will begin to see the 13 brand-new five-carriage trains running between Scarborough and Manchester and Liverpool via Malton, York and Leeds from springtime next year.

These longer trains will be phased into service and will mean 700,000 extra seats per year for those travelling to and from Scarborough.

Chris Nutton, major projects director for TransPennine Express said: “This major milestone represents an important step towards introducing brand new trains for those travelling to or from Scarborough and is great news for the region.

"The first of our brand new Nova trains will start to be introduced in spring 2019 and once in service, will totally transform rail travel for customers in the region."

Once opened, the modern facility will provide maintenance services including fuelling for trains operating to and from Scarborough.

Laura Coulthard, sponsor for Network Rail said: “We are always looking for ways in which we can work with train operators to improve the railway for passengers and we are delighted to be working with TransPennine Express on this exciting project. The investment will create a more modern railway with improved facilities to service trains.”