The Northern franchise was awarded to Arriva in April 2016 and was intended to end in March 2025. However, following several years of poor performance, in January 2020 the government belatedly began the process to strip Arriva of its franchise. Arriva, which is a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national state-owned rail operator, also operates the Chiltern Railways and CrossCountry franchises, as well as London Overground.
• Do you use the Northern service regularly?
• Do you believe it should be returned to public hands as part of a re-unified national rail network run for people not profit?
• Then, why not start a campaign building up to the franchise end?
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