Jan 29, 2020
Northern: Rail firm brought under government control
Troubled rail company Northern is to be brought under government control. Northern passengers have faced rail chaos ever since new timetables were introduced in May 2018. He warned: "There won't be an immediate improvement because many of the systemic failures at Northern - the late delivery of new rolling stock, the cancellation by the Conservative government of infrastructure upgrades, trying to run a service with too few drivers - cannot be remedied overnight." German-based Arriva had been due to run Northern until March 2025. What the government wants on Northern is a new performance-related train contract.
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