Northern Rail announcement – Andy McDonald responds
Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on the government’s decision to cancel the Northern Rail contract, said:
“The Tories have refused to hold Arriva to the terms of its Northern Rail contract. Millions of passengers have faced misery and delays yet this government has done nothing for years. And now, despite their failure, another private transport company is getting a Tory bailout.
“Today’s admission of failure after years of denial is frankly too little too late. So much for levelling up the north – this government seems intent to keep the north down.
“All failing rail contracts should be taken into public control as a major step towards uniting track and train.”