I’m pleased to see that the government have finally agreed to bring Northern Rail into public ownership, but this should have been done as soon as it was clear the company could not meet the terms of its franchise, to save passengers ongoing disruption.
Now the government has to find a way to run our train services better for the sake of existing passengers and to attract more rail users. Co-ordination across the country is going to be needed. Most countries find that government owned and run railways give the highest quality and most efficient services. I hope this government will not allow their political dogma to get in the way of what’s best for our railways again.