Following the Government's decision to remove Northern Rail from its franchise and nationalise the service from the 1st March, senior Liberal Democrat Councillors in York have welcomed the decision, but have urged the Government to commit ensuring that any future operator of the service remains in York.
Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Leader of City of York Council, commented:
“The Government’s decision to remove Northern Rail from its franchise is a positive move and one which should help to improve performance on our rail network and restore the confidence of passengers who have had to endure years of rail misery.”
“York has with a proud connection to the rail industry and many operators are based in our city, including Northern. The rail sector is a fundamental part of our local economy and the Government must commit to ensuring that any future operator, and the associated jobs, are retained here in York.”
“Looking forward, we need urgent investment from the Government to improve our region’s rail infrastructure and a commitment to work with leaders across the North to build the modern transport network that the North of England deserves.”
Cllr Andrew Waller, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, added:
“City of York council will work with Northern Rail, and keep pressure on the commitments by Ministers to keep rail jobs in York and minimise impact for York-based staff who are affected. In addition, we will be lobbying the Department for Transport and Transport for the North for reliable train services to and from the city.
“We will also work closely with key partners to ensure that York retains its strong rail jobs base, and connected industries going into the future.”