After a summer of disruption for train passengers across the North, staff at the region’s rail operations control centre face a challenging task keeping services on track. Rob Parsons went to meet them.
Passengers on trains run by under-fire TransPennine Express have become so frustrated at the widespread delays and disruption on their services that the rail operator’s staff are fearing for their safety, a Yorkshire MP claimed today.
A new policy to cut the number of late-running trains on the flagship East Coast Main Line route has had the knock-on effect of causing further disruption and delays for other rail users in Yorkshire, it is claimed.
She leads the ‘dedicated think-tank for the North of England’, and Dr Sarah Longlands is passionate about ensuring the Yorkshire’s towns are not left out of the Northern Powerhouse debate. Rob Parsons went to meet her.
The Yorkshire council serving England’s largest county faces having to make “some very difficult decisions” to balance its books because of the rising levels of support required for children with special education needs.
The chief executive of Yorkshire Water has admitted his industry must “show new standards of public accountability” after a senior Minister warned major utilities firms that they must clean up their act or face tougher regulation.
Ministers must finally commit to “big, transformative” transport projects in the North instead of disputing claims about the decades of under-funding for infrastructure in the region, a leading think-tank said today.
Later this month, the North’s new strategic transport body will unveil its 30-year plan to revitalise the region’s economy. Rob Parsons met the organisation’s independent chairman to find out more about its vision.
Thousands of homes across North Yorkshire are in line for dramatically-improved broadband connections after a new contract was awarded to continue the roll-out of faster internet services across the county.
A possible solution to Yorkshire’s long-running devolution stalemate that could see a region-wide mayor elected by May 2020 has emerged after an intervention by the Archbishop of York, The Yorkshire Post can reveal.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has come out fighting over his department’s commitment to the North as he insisted the region’s leaders have all the same powers to improve services as their counterparts in London.