Northern transport authorities given say on rail franchises and path to full devolution

Ministers have given the go-ahead to local transport authorities in northern England having a formal role in the renewal of the Northern and TransPennine rail franchises. Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has signed an agreement with the 33 authorities in the Rail North partnership, giving them involvement in determining the train services that run in northern England. The franchises will now be “collaboratively designed” by Rail North and the DfT, “recognising the secretary of state’s…

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