29 Jan 2020

Northern Rail to be brought under government control

North of England Correspondent

Following years of disruption, the troubled rail company Northern is to be brought under government control.

The decision will see the firm’s franchise stripped from operator Arriva Rail North from March. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said passengers had “lost trust in the north’s rail network”.

But with major infrastructure changes needed some argue there won’t be a significant improvement for some time.