Who runs the railways?

The way our railways are run in the region could be about to change. In future the decision about who wins the franchises to operate different routes may be made by local councils rather than the Department for Transport.

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"What a shambles, what a mess"

Rail franchises in the region could be controlled by local councils in future.

The idea has come from the Commons' Transport Select Committee following confusion last year about who would run the West Coast main line.

But rail unions say allowing councils to choose who runs the routes would make little difference.

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