DfT re­jects fran­chise hand­back calls

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Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port Chris Grayling has re­jected calls from Black­ley and Broughton MP Gra­ham Stringer (Labour) for the Gov­ern­ment to take over op­er­a­tion of the North­ern and Tran­sPen­nine Ex­press fran­chises.

Speak­ing in Par­lia­ment on Novem­ber 22, Grayling said: “Some of the per­for­mance is­sues re­cently have been caused by the el­derly ‘Pacer’ trains.”

He added: “We need to do ev­ery­thing we can and we will con­tinue to do ev­ery­thing we can, in part­ner­ship with Trans­port for the North, to iden­tify the ways of get­ting per­for­mance up. It is not sim­ply a ques­tion of chang­ing own­er­ship of the fran­chise or con­trol of the fran­chise.

“There is not a magic team down the cor­ri­dor wait­ing to step in and make this work bet­ter. We have got to make it work bet­ter.”

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