Manchester City Council

Building up Steam

Rail franchising offers the potential for jobs and growth for our region.

An important meeting this morning at Transport for Greater Manchester's officers when Council Leaders and senior officers from across the North of England came together to discuss rail franchising. Most of them were in town anyway for the Local Government Association's Annual Conference held this year at Manchester. The discussion centred on the soon to be re-tendered Northern and Trans-Pennine franchises and a draft proposal that responsibilty for this should be devolved to the North i.e decisions about rail services in the North being made by the North for the North. All local authorities would have the chance to be part of Rail North and have a say how rail services should develop over the seven year period starting in 2016. Devolution to the North would give us the chance to grow rail services in the way that best meets our needs and best helps us grow our economy and create jobs. As the work on the Northern, formerly known as the Manchester Hub, is completed alongside a number of electrification schemes, the possibilities for more and better services are enormous, but that potential is far more likely to be realised with the North rather than Whitehall in the driving seat. There is a lot of work to be done in not much time but I am delighted to say that a very well-attended, standing room only ( like our rush hour trains ) meeting agreed with caveats but no dissent to proceed with developing a formal proposal to government on this.

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There are 2 responses to “Building up Steam”

  1. franky Says:

    You are dead right, decisions about the north should be made here. We need a northern region with full competences to bring work to our citizens!!

  2. Ian Says:

    More unelected quangos wasting tax payers monies, just what we need.



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