The under fire train operator is once again in the spotlight after its most recent performance figures show that between October 13 and November 9, only 45.4 per cent of its trains across the North arrived within a minute of their scheduled time.

The figures are even worse than those of last summer when the introduction of new timetables caused chaos across the region.

Northern point out that the heavy rain and subsequent flooding last week has effected the figures and pointed to the fact that although traffic is up by 30 per cent, there had been no increase in track capacity since 2016.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester has previously called for the franchise to be taken from Northern while the current Transport Secretary  Grant Shapps has suggested that the underfire provider of trains to the region Northern Rail could be taken back under public ownership


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