Local rail services such as those operated by Northern in South Yorkshire should be managed by councils rather than the Government, according to the Campaign for Better Transport.
The organisation has cited how London Overground and Merseyrail services have improved under local control.
Stephen Joseph, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, said: “Too often local train services are the Cinderellas of the rail network - the routes in London Overground and Merseyrail certainly were.
“Control by the local transport authorities has transformed them. They are reliable, well-used and have high passenger satisfaction.
“Using this model more widely would mean Cinderellas across the country could go to the ball.”