Railways Investment: North of England - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:01 pm on 29th October 2018.

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Photo of Lord Greaves Lord Greaves Liberal Democrat 3:01 pm, 29th October 2018

My Lords, but when improvements take place in the north, they run many months late and cause chaos. Meanwhile, the railways in the north of England are near breaking point. They are utterly congested, with tiny trains at peak periods often running late and too often not turning up at all. Do the Government not understand that people in the north are losing all confidence in the ability of the Department for Transport, based 200 miles away down here in London, to sort out our problems? Is it not time that the decision-making and resources to run our railways in the north were transferred to Transport for the North, which at least consists of people who live and work in the north and even use the trains?