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Railways: North of England

Department for Transport written question – answered on 19th May 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Percy Andrew Percy Conservative, Brigg and Goole

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to replace the Service Option Fund on the former Northern Rail franchise.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Under the new agreement with Northern Trains Ltd, there is no longer a formal Service Options Fund to help capture the aspirations for additional services however the operator is required to continue this development work through its ongoing discussions with stakeholders. Aligned with this is the work to understand passenger demand as a result of COVID-19. Although there is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding this, we always welcome suggestions to help better connect our towns and cities.

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