Decision on future of Northern Trains expected today

A decision on the future of Northern rail is expected later today.

By Corinne Macdonald
Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 10:40 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 10:41 am

Northern provides trains from Scarborough station to Hull, passing through Filey, Hunmanby, Bridlington, Driffield and Beverley.

Later today the Department for Transport will announce whether they will hand a new, short-term contract to franchise holder Arriva, or to nationalise services.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the BBC earlier this month that Northern had delivered a "completely unacceptable" service.

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Northern train. Stock picture: JPI Media

The chaotic introduction of new timetables in May 2018 saw hundreds of trains a day cancelled and issues with late running and cancelled trains continue to affect rail users.

Office of Rail and Road figures show just 56 per cent of Northern trains arrived at stations within one minute of the timetable in the year leading up to December 7.

The British average was 65 per cent.