Northern Rail Franchise:Written question - 272940

Q
Asked by Faisal Rashid
(Warrington South)
Asked on: 03 July 2019
Department for Transport
Northern Rail Franchise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to allow the Northern Rail franchise to be publicly run.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 11 July 2019

Alongside Transport for the North, who co-manage the franchise, our absolute priority is delivering the services that passengers expect. At a time when performance is improving and brand-new trains have been successfully introduced onto the network only this week to replace the unpopular and dated Pacers, major change could result in significant disruption. We see no reason at this stage to consider making changes to the franchise.

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