The North of England's railways have been starved of investment for years. The result is widespread reliance on dismal, slow, old trains, weak service levels outside of the rush hour, chronic overcrowding on popular routes, and stations in urgent need of updating.
But now there is a once in a generation chance to transform the north's rail network. Over recent months, local and national Government, passenger groups, businesses and MPs from all parties have talked publicly about the essential need for better railways to help rebalance the economy and close the north-south divide.
All the positive discussion has been great, but we are now at a crucial moment in making it happen. The Department for Transport is setting what the next franchise holders on Northern Rail and TransPennine Express will be required to deliver.
Your MP's voice is critical in making sure the Government commits to the investment it has talked about.
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