Northern Rail set to collapse in 'months', transport secretary Grant Shapps claims

The Northern Rail franchise is expected to collapse in "a number of months", the Transport Secretary has claimed.

Thursday, 9th January 2020, 10:53 am
Updated Friday, 10th January 2020, 2:57 pm

Speaking in the House of Commons today (January 9), Mr Shapps said the government could nationalise the under-fire firm.

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All trains currently run by Northern – which operates of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire – would then be controlled by a government-owned company.

The possibility of giving Northern franchise holders Arriva Rail North a ‘short-term management’ contract allowing them to continue running the trains was also mentioned.

Northern Rail could soon collapse, according to Grant Shapps