The Department for Transport launched a competition seeking the best renovation proposals for decommissioned Pacer trains. The competition encourages schools and community groups to submit creative and innovative ideas for converting these carriages over the summer. The competition will run until the end of September and a judging panel, including heritage rail entrepreneur Pete Waterman, will pick the winners. The winners will be announced later this year. Some initial ideas include the conversion of carriages into greenhouses, outdoor kitchens and bars.