Railways: Cross-country Franchise

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:51 pm on 7th November 2006.

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Photo of Lord Clark of Windermere Lord Clark of Windermere Labour 2:51 pm, 7th November 2006

My Lords, does the Minister appreciate that one of the consequences of the rejigging of the cross-country franchise will be a reduction in services on the south Lakes and Furness lines to Manchester airport. It is proposed that trains on those lines will be substituted by direct services from Manchester airport to Glasgow airport. Has no one told the franchise people that Glasgow has its own airport and that north Cumbria has Newcastle airport?