Department for Transport written question – answered on 24th July 2019.

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Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons there are no direct Northern rail services between Liverpool and Newcastle.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

TransPennine Express provides an hourly service between these cities which will soon be operated by brand new 125mph-capable intercity bi-mode trains.

There is no requirement in the current Northern franchise agreement for Northern to run direct services from Liverpool to Newcastle.

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