03 Jul '14, 4pm

@cbtransport are campaigning for better #trains in the #north of #England:

@cbtransport are campaigning for better #trains in the #north of #England:

These rail passenger franchises are responsible for operating most of the train services in the North of England. Northern Rail alone manages over 460 stations which serve 15 million people and support 25 per cent of the country's economy. The main cities served by the two franchises are Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle. Although the Government's prospectus for the franchise renewals does offer some potential improvements, including some electrification, it is not ambitious enough and indeed in some areas seems to offer decline rather than expansion, with reduced funding, higher fares and no clear plans for tackling overcrowding or renewing the region's trains and stations. It also fails to make the most of existing investment in the Northern Hub, electrification and smart ticketing, or the opportunities for the North from HS2. Compare this with the ap...

Full article: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/right-track-north-campa...

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