Northern franchise likely to end within days Northern franchise likely to end within days

Transport secretary Grant Shapps is reported to be preparing an announcement about the ending of the Northern franchise, which seems likely to be made on Thursday. The chances of the present Arriva Trains North contract being replaced by a shorter-term alternative are now being discounted in favour of a complete return to public ownership under the Department for Transport’s Operator of Last Resort. A return of Northern to public control is set to be welcomed by politicians in the north of England, some of whom have been voicing opposition to a new, shorter management contract staying in the hands of Arriva.


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