The Government has announced its intention to strip Northern Rail of their rail franchise due to its unacceptably poor service.
Over years, I have campaigned for improved rail links to Stockport and Manchester, and have sought to work positively with Northern Rail and the RMT Union to address the serious concerns I and many local residents have with the level of service provided.
Unfortunately, it has become clear that Northern Rail simply cannot honour its commitments.
Therefore, I am pleased that the government has stepped in. Over the coming weeks I will work with colleagues in Parliament to ensure that the improvements we need on local rail services are delivered and the level of service is substantially improved.