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Yorkshire MP slams use of 'trains that belong in museums' on rail routes in North

A train operated by Northern Rail. Credit: PA

A South Yorkshire MP has hit out at the use of "trains that belong in museums" on Northern Rail routes between Barnsley, Leeds and Sheffield.

Stephanie Peacock, the MP for Barnsley East, made the comments during a transport debate in the House of Commons, as others made fresh demands for "appalling" rail services in the North to be overhauled.

A timetable overhaul implemented during the summer crippled services for tens of thousands of Northern Rail passengers, with further concerns raised over the future of work to electrify the Manchester to Leeds route.

It costs over £150 to commute to Leeds and Sheffield from Barnsley, yet trains that belong in museums are often delayed and packed to dangerous capacity.

When will the Government get a grip and invest in northern transport?

– Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East

Rail minister Jo Johnson said the Government was investing in new rolling stock, noting this would result in all trains either being replaced or fully refurbished.

Kate Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston, questioned when the Transport Secretary and his ministerial team will "get a grip" of the Northern franchise, adding she would prefer it to be scrapped.

At the request of Transport for the North in one of its recent board meetings, we have appointed jointly Richard George - who previously played an important role in the delivery of the London Olympic Games - to coordinate better the performance of the train operators in the North of England, Northern and TransPennine Express alongside Network Rail to ensure that the system is better coordinated in the North.

We're looking forward to seeing the results of his work. I met him yesterday and he has a hard-driving agenda to put in place.

– Jo Johnson MP, rail minister