Northern train’s demise is coming much earlier, according to transport secretary

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The end of the line is coming for Northern rail... much sooner than planned. 

Their current contract technically lasts until 2025, but trains are set to be handed over to a new provider in a matter of months.

Northern rail lines have been subject to chaos in recent months - with services plagued by delays, cancellations and complaints.

The government has now lost patience with the franchise and is already looking for a potential successor.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps stated: “Rail passengers in the north have had to put up with unacceptable services for too long.”

The big decision that must be made now is whether to give another company a shot, or take Northern into public ownership.

Cllr Phil Riley, a board member at Transport for the North, said: “My view, and that of TfN, is that Northern should be taken into public ownership as an operator of last resort as soon as is reasonably practical to maintain a train service

“Northern’s performance has never recovered from the disastrous 2018 timetable changes.”


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