Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region said: “Despite calls from Northern leaders and myself, the Government has consistently failed to act, with passengers being let down by delayed, overcrowded, and expensive services.
“Today’s announcement merely reaffirms the process which the Transport Secretary started in the Autumn. Urgent and decisive action to address this catalogue of disasters must be taken. This is something I’ve been pressing for since I became Mayor, and I’ll be raising yet again in Parliament on Tuesday to get further clarity on the Government’s proposed solution.
“We should not be distracted from the fact that today rail fares across the country are rising by an average of 3%. This increase is unacceptable in the current circumstances. The priority must be passengers; not profits. More investment is needed for transport infrastructure in the North. Without this, the same problems will persist. Urgent and decisive action is required.”