The government is holding a public consutlation regarding the Northern and TransPennine rail franchises –

Manchester Piccadilly railway station on 3 July 2014 at 4pm.

Leeds railway station on 9 July 2014 at 4pm.

“The North of England has a population of 15 million and accounts for around 25% of the national economy. Rail has a major role to play in helping the North of England meet its economic potential. By connecting the North of England’s major centres, supporting commuters and businesses, and reflecting the needs of social and leisure markets, the railway supports the wider economic prosperity of the region. It also provides an important link to Scotland.

More and more passengers are using the railways in the North of England, and the recent increases in journey numbers are forecast to continue. Combined with the major investment in railway infrastructure undertaken by Network Rail, the forthcoming re-letting of the Northern and TransPennine Express rail franchises represents a significant opportunity to transform rail travel for the increasing number of passengers in the North of England. 

The two franchises need to be affordable to the taxpayer, as well as offer value for money to the fare paying passenger. So the challenge is to best match the available resources to the journeys passenger want to make, whilst identifying opportunities to make services more attractive. Innovation and partnership working will also be vital in making the improvements to service levels and facilities that passengers want to see.

This consultation document is therefore seeking views on how best to balance our aspiration for a railway that supports the expected growth and delivers the economic benefits it is capable of, whilst at the same time being an affordable proposition with focused and targeted use of resources. We welcome your views.”

Consultation document –

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/320806/northern-transpennine-consultation.pdf

Full Details of the consultation –

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-northern-and-transpennine-express-rail-franchises

 

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