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Northern Powerhouse Rail set to deliver decades of growth for the North Wednesday 17th October 2018

Northern Powerhouse Rail is poised to deliver transformational change to the North boosting the economy and improving connectivity for millions of people.

New £500m Northern train fleet unveiled Friday 5th October 2018

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.

Northern to launch extended compensation scheme for regular travellers Monday 24th September 2018

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.

Welcoming the initial findings of ORR Report on Timetable Disruption Thursday 20th September 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’.

Transport for the North Board takes decisive action on the future of the North’s railways Thursday 13th September 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.

Statement regarding Sunday cancellations of Northern trains Friday 17th August 2018

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.”

Letter from Transport for the North to Secretary of State for Transport Thursday 2nd August 2018

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.

Transport for the North calls for more to be done for Rail passengers Tuesday 31st July 2018

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.

Northern Powerhouse Rail at centre of UK’s plans in first National Infrastructure Assessment Tuesday 10th July 2018

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.

Calls for more to be done to compensate rail passengers Thursday 28th June 2018

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.

Rail shuttle service returns to the Lakes Line Monday 18th June 2018

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.

Support for northern sites shortlisted as new Heathrow logistics hubs Friday 15th June 2018

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.

Reaffirming our commitment to rail passengers and businesses in the North Tuesday 12th June 2018

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.

Statement regarding Lakes Line rail services Thursday 7th June 2018

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.

John Cridland responds to letter from Mayor Andy Burnham | 6th June 2018 Wednesday 6th June 2018

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. 

Transport for the North stand firmly with passengers across the North Tuesday 5th June 2018

This statement is made following discussion with and on behalf of the members of the Transport for the North board.

Northern’s updated service recovery plan | Transport for the North Friday 1st June 2018

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.

Plan to Improve Northern Rail Services Wednesday 23rd May 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.

Statement: performance of Northern Monday 21st May 2018

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.

Rail users urged to check new timetables before travelling | May 2018 Friday 18th May 2018

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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