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UK government takes over Arriva’s Northern Rail

Christian Fernsby |
The rail operator Northern Rail is history as yesterday the UK government took over the running of the franchise from Arriva.

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From yesterday, rail services formerly operated by Arriva owned Northern Rail will be run by the Department for Transport's Northern Trains Limited.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “This is new era for rail in the North, but there will be no quick fix for the network as we build solutions for the future.

“Today marks the beginning of rebuilding of trust in these services, and voices from the region will be essential as we work together to understand and deliver the improvements passengers need.

“Our aim is to give the North of England more powers over their railways, restoring the confidence of passengers and delivering a network they can truly rely on.”

As part of the turnaround plan, the leadership of the government operator said it would be consulting with passengers and metro mayors from across the North to identify ways to improve services.

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