Merge rail firms to ‘save costs’

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Transport chiefs are calling upon the Government to allow local rail services to be merged and managed “by the north, for the north.”

South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority is backing the campaign to have greater powers passed down from the Government to help draw in investment.

The authority and transport bodies representing other areas are calling for a new franchise which merging the present Northern and TransPennine Express operations to save £7 million to £10 million a year. The cash could be invested in improvements such as new trains - with most of Northern’s fleet dating from the 1980s.

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