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.
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.”