The Northern franchise was taken back into public sector control in March 2020 following four years in the hands of the private operator Arriva, which were blighted by frequent delays, cancellations and strikes. The franchise is now operated on behalf of the Department for Transport by its so-called “Operator of Last Resort”, a partnership of Arup Group, EY and SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit, which also operates the London North Eastern Railway franchise.
• Do you use the Northern service regularly?
• Do you want it to remain in public hands and become 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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