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Northern Powerhouse Rail is poised to deliver transformational change to the North boosting the economy and improving connectivity for millions of people.
Transport for the North today welcomed the unveiling of the first two trains in a new £500m Northern train fleet that will offer improved standards of travel for local rail users in the North of England.
Transport for the North has been working with Northern to broker a compensation scheme for the worst affected regular travellers who suffered from disruption to their rail travel in the summer of 2018.
Transport for the North has today (20 September) welcomed the publication of the Office of Rail and Road ‘Independent Inquiry into the Timetable Disruption in May 2018’.
The Transport for the North Board met in Sheffield today and welcomed the allocation of nearly £3bn over the next five years by government as the first phase of upgrading the Transpennine railway line.
Reacting to the news that Northern are again cancelling services in some areas this Sunday, Barry White, Chief Executive of Transport for the North, said:
“We are disappointed that passengers in the North are being let down again. All train cancellations are inconvenient and regrettable but to have multiple cancellations on the same day with very little notice is clearly unacceptable. Passengers are again being put in a position where they cannot make travel plans with confidence. Transport for the North, through the Rail North Partnership, has called on Northern to provide more clarity on what is being done urgently to resolve this serious problem.”
Transport for the North’s Chairman John Cridland has written to the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling following a meeting of TfN’s Partnership Board.
On Tuesday 31 July 2018, members of the Transport for the North Partnership Board received an update from Northern, TransPennine Express and Network Rail on current levels of train performance and future plans, in the context of ongoing disruption.
In another step forward for Northern Powerhouse Rail, the network that will transform travel across the North of England has been named as one of the UK’s major long-term infrastructure priorities. The National Infrastructure Commission’s first National Infrastructure Assessment highlights the importance of Northern Powerhouse Rail, with a recommendation to the Government that its full delivery be budgeted for over the coming years.
Transport for the North’s board met today and agreed with the Department for Transport to an initial package to compensate season ticket holders in the areas of the North that have been worst affected by rail disruption.
But board members also called for more to be done to recompense others who have been affected, including regular rail travellers who do not hold season tickets.
Following calls from Transport for the North for reinstatement of a rail service between Oxenholme and Windermere as soon as possible, Northern has confirmed plans to get trains running again on the Lakes Line from the beginning of July.
Transport for the North has welcomed the news that the North of England has been shortlisted as the home for four new logistics hubs for Heathrow Airport, as part of planning for its major expansion.
On Tuesday 12 June 2018, members of the Transport for the North partnership board met in Manchester to discuss the issues regarding rail service disruption across the network operated by Northern.
Northern has informed Transport for the North that to reinstate services on the Lakes Line, after two weeks of the interim timetable, would be likely to lead to further delays and unscheduled cancellations on this line and across the wider network.
Transport for the North’s Chairman John Cridland has written back to Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham in response to his recent letter regarding concerns about the Northern Rail emergency timetable.
This statement is made following discussion with and on behalf of the members of the Transport for the North board.
It has today been confirmed that rail operator Northern will launch a service Recovery Plan. This will involve an interim timetable being implemented from Monday 4 June 2018.
Transport for the North and the Department for Transport, acting through The Rail North Partnership, have agreed a plan with Northern in response to the current performance issues.
A spokesperson for Transport for the North said:
“Transport for the North is extremely disappointed and concerned with the inadequate performance of Northern. We have formally raised these concerns with Northern making it clear that we want more to be done to rectify the performance issues and to mitigate against impacts on passengers and for action to be taken immediately.
New rail timetables will come into force for rail users across the UK on Sunday 20 May 2018 and, in the North of England, the changes will be some of the biggest seen for decades.
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