Joint statement from Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, and Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester.
Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, and Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said:
“Today’s news is a victory for passengers who have had to endure almost two years of misery and mayhem on Northern Rail.
“We are pleased the government has finally answered our call and returned the Northern franchise to public ownership. But today’s welcome move by ministers is only the start of fixing the North’s railways.
“The Government must now commit to investing in much-needed rail infrastructure and work with leaders across the North to deliver the vision and funding needed to build the modern transport network that the people of our region deserve.”
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