Northern: Big changes could be coming to…

Northern: Big changes could be coming to trains running from Hull after ‘unacceptable service’
2020-01-09 13:42:00
We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see ourPrivacy Noticefor details of your data protection rightsInvalid EmailTrain company Arriva Rail North could be stripped of its licence to run services in and out of Hull. Transport secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed he is considering removing its franchise for the Northern rail network because of poor performance – effectively nationalising the services it currently runs. An alternative option would be hand the company a new short-term contract. Part of the Arriva group, ARN run services between Hull, Bridlington and Scarborough on the coastal line as well as regular services between Hull and York, Sheffield and Leeds. In a statement, Mr Shapps said: “Passengers in the north have had to put up with unacceptable services for too long. “We understand how frustrating this has been for people and we are taking action to make sure that performance improves.” Transport secretary Grant Shapps (Image: Getty Images) The government has been reviewing Northern’s franchise performance record since last October. Mr Shapps said: “It has now been confirmed to me from the most recent available financial information that the franchise will only be able to continue for a number of months.” “Following completion of this process I will consider whether to award ARN a short-term management contract or whether to ask the Department of Transport’s own Operator of Last Resort to step in and deliver passenger services. “Longer-term decisions on the franchise will be made in the light of the recommendations of the Williams Rail Review.” “To clarify, the current financial position of the Northern franchise will not impact on the railway’s day-to-day operations. Services will continue to run and there


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