by Iain Roberts on 2 January, 2020
The Lib Dem team is calling for clarity after confusion over whether Northern is to be stripped of its franchise after years of failing to run a basic decent service. The Manchester Evening News has since reported that there is in fact no firm plan for Northern and the announcement may have simply been an attempt by the government to distract attention from rail fare rises.
Cllr Iain Roberts has said that Northern must lose its franchise, but that this must only be the start of the changes.
“Northern being stripped of its franchise would be a good start, even if it should have happened over a year ago,” said Iain. “But where is the plan to properly fix our railways?”
“We need TPE sorted out – their record is even worse than Northern, we need the DfT to stop trying to micromanage train services from an office in Whitehall, and we need the investment that we’ve been promised for years like platforms 15 & 16 at Piccadilly, improvements at Oxford Road and a station for Cheadle. It seems like a long list, but it’s a drop in the ocean compared to the billions being spent on London’s Crossrail.”
“If it turns out that Grant Schapps’ announcement was not genuine, the people of the North will feel betrayed yet again by another Transport minister promising everything and delivering nothing,” Iain added.9 Comments