End of the line for rail franchising
September 21, 2020
Making the announcement, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "The model of privatisation adopted 25 years ago has seen significant rises in passenger numbers, but this pandemic has proven that it is no longer working.
Franchising has now been replaced with "Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements" with the aim of paving the way for wider rail industry reform with a more co-ordinated railway.
The UK Government earlier this year took over the Northern franchise from Arriva and also runs the East Coast franchise, taken over from Virgin/Stagecoach and now operated as LNER.
Yorkshire has two other rail operators, Grand Central, run by Arriva, and Hull Trains, run by First. These are "open access" rather than franchise operators and it remains to be seen how they will fit into the Government's simplified journey model.
See where the various rail operators run services in Yorkshire on our updated interactive