Shortlist for Northern and TransPennine Express rail operators revealed

THE shortlist of train companies in the running to transform rail services across the north have been announced by the government.

Three companies have been shortlisted to run the Northern franchise, while three companies are being considered for the TransPennine Express franchise. The franchises, which carried more than 110m passengers last year, connect passengers travelling into and between Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Manchester and Newcastle, and onwards to Edinburgh and Glasgow.
 
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