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Shapps seeks Gtr Manchester rail solution as Northern axed

Rail

Andrew Forster
07 February 2020
 

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has asked the new public sector operator of the Northern franchise to work with Network Rail to develop a masterplan for easing congestion on Greater Manchester’s rail network.  

Shapps last week announced he was terminating the Northern franchise following years of poor performance characterised by cancelled, late, and short formation trains as well as industrial action. 

The transport secretary had warned in January that the franchise, operated...

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