MPs are calling for an end to peak time train fare rises and greater transparency on how public money is spent.
In a report setting out their vision for the railway by 2020 Transport Select Committee wants a more efficient railway but raises concerns about safety, staffing and the protection of passenger interests.
MPs have also made some recommendations about rail franchises, such as the Northern one, to influence the current government review. In particular, the Committee sees merit in continuing with longer rail franchises but suggests the Government explores options for reviewing contracts every five year and looks at spreading premium payments over the full length of each franchise contract. MPs_ _**also recommend that franchises which need to be re-let soon should be tendered on the basis of medium-term franchises of seven to ten years’ duration, to avoid holding up the whole process.