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RMT calls for re-nationalisation of rail services

Rail workers in Carlisle took part in day of action this morning, calling for the re-nationalisation of rail services in the North.

It was part of a region wide campaign in response to the news that German, Dutch, and French state railways had been shortlisted for the Northern Rail franchise.

But a spokesperson for the Department of Transport said the move was a step towards the creation of a northern powerhouse for the UK economy.

"The publication of the invitations to tender is the first step in the transformation of train travel between the northern cities. It is also a significant step in the creation of a northern powerhouse for the UK economy."

– Spokesperson, Department of Transport

Increase to train services in North West

The number of seats on trains in the North West is to increase by a third, under Government plans to reduce overcrowding on the region’s rail network.

There will also be an extra 200 services every day across the Northern and Trans Pennine rail franchises, which cover Cumbria.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says that Pacer trains will be scrapped as part of the plans.