Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has spoken out after a morning of Northern rail chaos following anticipated changes to the timetable.
Cancellations and delays across dozens of services swept the North of England on Monday morning as rail commuters in Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Merseyside took to social media to share their dismay.
It wasn't just Northern rail who had issues, though, as Transpennine Express also cancelled 29 services.
Northern cancelled a whopping 19 trains by 10am and 31 more were delayed, however the rail operator marked this down to "operational issues" rather than the timetable change.
After hundreds of angry commuters made complaints and had their start to the week ruined, Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham took to social media to fight their corner.
The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has responded to the widespread delays and cancellations caused by the rail timetable changes that have come into effect this morning.— Mayor Andy Burnham (@MayorofGM) December 16, 2019
The Mayor said: "This chaos, and the misery it causes for passengers, has gone on far too long. If the Government is serious about support the North, then it needs to show it by acting this week to sort out our failing rail services.
"As a first step, it should strip Northern of its franchise. That would send a clear signal to all rail operators – notably TransPennine Express – that we will not accept an second-class rail service for people in the North. If TransPennine Express fail to respond to that message, they should be next."
Every @northernassist train I've got this week has been cancelled, delayed or had half the carriages it should of had,l. Any decent government would have striped them of their franchise but we've just voted the twats back in who have done fuck all in 9 years...— Tony Marsden (@ToneMarsden) December 13, 2019
Were you affected by this morning's rail service failures? What action do you want to see taken, to sort this mess out once and for all? Let us know.