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Northern To Lose Franchise?

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Following the awful performance of Northern in recent weeks and the chaos of the 2018 timetable changes, it will come as no surprise that Northern are likely to lose the franchise.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said Northern Rail is to be stripped of its franchise following its "unacceptable" performance.

This comes off the back of a year of chaos and cancellations across the network, which runs Newcastle to Leeds, Liverpool, Hull, Manchester and Stoke. With the region covered spanning from Nottingham to Northumberland and from Stoke-on-Trent to Carlisle.

The Northern network is operated by Arriva Rail North, which is owned by the German railway, Deutsche Bahn.

Last year barely one in two Northern trains ran on time. Mr Shapps said he announced to parliament last autumn that he would begin the process to find a new operator for the Northern franchise.

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