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Government 'Complete Betrayal' Over Northern

9 January 2020

Responding to today's statement from the government in which they announce they are looking for a "short term option" to Northern Rail which will be announced by the end of January, TSSA union slams the move as "a complete betrayal of Northern Rail passengers".

The government’s statement confirms that the Arriva Rail North (ARN) franchise is only financially viable for a few more months.

The Department of Transport has been tasked with assessing “value for money” options for the short-term future of the franchise, with the longer-term solution dependent on the outcome of the Williams Rail Review.

Commenting, Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary, said: “This non-statement from the government is a complete betrayal of long-suffering Northern Rail passengers.

“Instead of a ‘short-term option’ to be announced later in the month, the government should do the right thing now and immediately bring Northern Rail into public ownership. It’s blindingly obvious to anyone with an understanding of the extend of the failure of Northern Rail that the positive proven record of public ownership is what is required and what passengers and staff deserve.

“Even now with a decisive majority, the Tories are wary of undoing their Frankenstein privatisation of our railways as it runs against their ideological DNA - even though everyone knows the current system is broke beyond repair. The Tories are already failing the North.”

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