A clear case for investment in North’s railways

Problems facing Northern and TransPennine Express highlight the need for real and substantive investment in the North’s railway system, according to Transport for the North.

A TfN spokesman told RAIL on October 30: “Transport for the North recognises that operators across the region have faced a number of challenges as a direct consequence of delays in the delivery of infrastructure enhancements.”

On the subject of replacing Arriva with an Operator of Last Resort, he said: “We would expect things to change under the Operator of Last Resort but, at this stage, it would be inappropriate to comment on the specifics of any such changes. What we can say is the focus of any such changes would be on securing the right outputs for passengers and rebuilding trust.”

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