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Interview: Issue Issue 16 11 Oct 2010

The case for Northern Rail

Northern Rail’s new management duo, Ian Bevan and Steve Butcher, speak to James Dark about their strategy

James Dark

When the Northern Rail franchise was formed in December 2004 with the amalgamation of the First North Western and Arriva Trains Northern companies, it was against the backdrop of a review which was expected to lead to some significant service cuts, fare rises or both. In virtually the same breath as the contract was awarded to the Serco/Abellio joint venture, the Strategic Rail Authority initiated a study which was designed to find ways to reduce the £2.4bn subsidy Northern had been...

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