#onenorth: How 37m people got to see the North’s anger at a third-class train service

A familiar sight across Northern railways: Old trains being used to take commuters to work
  • Summon transport chiefs, and business leaders, to 10 Downing Street for an emergency summit to devise an action plan to get this region moving again;
  • announce a special compensation scheme for those passengers most affected by the delays and disruption;
  • give Transport for the North the necessary policy and financial powers so it can have full oversight of all local, suburban and regional services and work in tandem with Network Rail; it is clear our railways cannot be cared for properly from London;
  • commit the Government to a full and fundamental review of rail franchising — the Northern fiasco is yet another example of a franchisee over-promising and under-delivering;
  • demonstrate a commitment to fair transport funding for the North, with a pledge that the planned high-speed line across the Pennines — NPR — is an equal priority to Crossrail II in London.

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