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Northern rail set to have their contract ‘bought to an end’

by LLB Reporter
2nd Jan 20 1:54 pm

The transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced that Northern rail is to have their contract torn apart, he said passengers “will not have to wait long” before action is taken over services being “really bad.”

According to the Office of Rail and Road, figures show that just 56% of Northern trains arrived at stations within one minute of the timetable in the year to 7 December. Compared to the national average across Britain of just 65%.

During 2018 the chaotic introduction of new timetables saw hundred of trains cancelled every day and reliability and the punctuality blighted the network.

The PA new agency asked Shapps if Northern should be stripped of their franchise, he replied, “The simple answer to the question is yes, it is going to be brought to an end.

“It’s partially a legal process but frustrated commuters will not have to wait long.”

However, the Department for Transport said Northern will continue to operate services as they will be provided a new short-term contract.

Although the mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham expressed concern that Northern could be given a new contract.

The mayor said, “That would be a reward for failure and completely unacceptable to us.

“I call on the government to rule it out, put our rail services under public control and work with us towards Greater Manchester taking devolved control.”

South Lakes Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron said, “Removing Northern’s franchise won’t come a moment too soon.

“I only wish this Conservative government had realised the North’s train services were in chaos sooner.”

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