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Campaigners respond to Northern Rail franchise announcement

19 August 2014
Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the announcement of shortlisted bidders to run the Northern Rail and TransPennine Express franchises from 2016.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said

"The Department for Transport has a long way to go before it can deliver a world-class rail network for the north. Bidders are in the dark about what they are expected to deliver. George Osborne is talking about major investment while the public consultation suggests fares rises and service cuts."

The announcement of the shortlist comes one day after a public consultation on the future of the franchises closed.

Stephen Joseph continued

"Passengers, businesses and local councils in the north will want a real say in Government plans for rail. The breakneck speed that the Department for Transport is moving re-franchising at could hinder this."

1. The Department for Transport has announced details of the train companies shortlisted to run the Northern Rail and TransPennine Express rail franchises from 2016

2. Campaign for Better Transport's Right Track North campaign is committed to giving the north of England the fast, high capacity and high quality rail connections it needs.