Rail service ‘not fit for purpose’

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Yorkshire train services are not meeting the region’s needs and need a radical transformation, a top transport official has admitted.

The man in charge of rail franchises was defending a consultation on the future of rail services in the region which has been criticised by transport campaigners for lacking ambition.

Peter Wilkinson, rail franchising director at the Department for Transport, said the Government was asking “honest questions” about the future of rail services in the North and how the costs of improvements can be met.


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