Rail North to get “control” over rail franchising? ….

Posted on January 28th, 2014, by The Chairman

From the Manchester Evening News ….

“Devolved powers over the region’s railways have taken a major step closer – after the government signed off a landmark partnership with northern town halls.

“At a meeting with council leaders in Manchester (last) Friday, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin agreed to give transport authorities joint control over rail franchising.

“It marks a major victory for northern leaders – spearheaded by the Greater Manchester combined authority – after months of negotiation with civil servants.

“The move paves the way for 33 northern local transport authorities, under the banner Rail North, to ultimately decide who runs their railways.

“Franchises for the routes currently run by Transpennine and Northern are due to be renewed in 2016. This will see them take control of the process in partnership with the Department for Transport, having long argued that local authorities are best placed to oversee better value, high quality rail services.”

It will be interesting to see the details of this agreement as they emerge, and also how services covering non-metropolitan areas or both, like the Mid Cheshire line get their fair share of developments.

Click on the MEN link above to see their discussion on this.

Thanks to Mike Battman and Paul Wilkinson for picking this up.

p.s. I’ve today (3 Feb 2014) added a briefing document with more details that I’ve received through the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.

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  1. Watcherzero Says:

    I think contrary to what the MEN says, West Yorkshire ITA were officially the lead authority on this project controlling the campaigns purse strings, running the campaign office in Leeds, not TfGM. Though TfGM did do a lot of the diplomacy with the Dft.

  2. The Chairman Says:

    I’ve added a briefing document about Rail North and refranchising that I’ve received from the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce at the bottom of the post above.

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