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Government Takes Control of Northern Rail Franchise

The Northern rail franchise is no more, as today marks the official handover of operations from Arriva Rail North Limited to the busier than ever desks of the government's generic Operator of Last Resort. Read More >>

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Northern Rail Nationalisation Could Happen This Week

Rumours from within government suggest that troubled rail franchise Northern may be ended this week, with a nationalisation set to end the Arriva-owned line's many troubles. Read More >>

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Mass Staff Sickies Cancel Northern’s Christmas Eve Trains

The Northern rail franchise has managed to find a way of making its passengers hate it a little bit more, with unprecedented levels of staff sickness leading it to cancel services today. There will be tears, not least from whoever's stuck manning the company's Twitter. Read More >>

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Commuters Protest Against Northern Rail’s General Existence

Train users with no option other than to use Northern services have gathered at Manchester's Victoria station to demand something is done, and the main thing they'd like to see done is something others have demanded previously – that the calamitous rail franchise is stripped of its approval to operate. Read More >>

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Northern Rail Operator Faces Nationalisation of Shame

A part of the government that's still working vaguely normally is considering unleashing the metaphorical nuclear option on the Northern rail franchise, adding to local calls that the chaotic scenes and poor performance on the line cannot continue and threatening the operator with nationalisation. Read More >>

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Northern’s Heritage Rolling Stock Museum Stays in Service Until 2020

The Northern rail franchise's plan to spend £500m on replacing its old Pacer fleet is derailing at speed, with the network admitting that the hated 1980s stock will continue to roll slowly and noisily around its lines in 2020. Read More >>

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Local Mayors Want Northern Stripped of its Rail Franchise

The mayors of Greater Manchester and Liverpool have put aside their arguments about whether the Happy Mondays or The Farm were best in the early 1990s, and have come together to demand that the besieged and broken Northern Rail franchise is taken away from current holder Arriva and given to someone – anyone! – able to do a better job of managing some ageing rolling stock and an Excel document containing timetable information. Read More >>

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Northern Rail Network Asked Not to Bin its Guards

The crisis of the day on the rail network is another admin nightmare for the Northern franchise, which has been told to back down on its plans to run services with only a driver onboard. Read More >>

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40-Year-Old Diesel Engine Comes Out of Retirement for Mainline Rescue Mission

Heritage rail company West Coast Railways is chuffing to the rescue of abandoned commuters who live, work and travel along the Lake District line, with the mass cancellations of franchise holder Northern leading to an ancient old diesel coming online to save the day. Read More >>