Perhaps Northern should be fined £5, 500 per day for not providing a service
Let’s be clear all TOC are exploiting everything for thier shareholders, frankly they should hand them out to non profits and plough the cash back in for customers, a train and bus are a utility used daily by the many. Let’s sell the water, buses, trains, gas, & electricity off. It’s in the taxpayers/customers best interest not shareholders, HONEST! At least in Scotland with numerous failing TOC minimum standards since privatisation (and a uber monopoly at that all that time) the Scots Gov may well be setting up a train co-op to bidand that’s likely never going to happen down south with Tories and Labourious
Having worked with Northern on a Cumbria Rail project I can attest that they seem to hold the traveling public, and potential partners who were looking to cover a service that they were failing with (sound familiar?), in complete disdain. The only customer they are interested in is the DaFT, who pay their subsidies. To say there were obtuse and obstructive would be an understatement. But the govt have a system that is worst of all worlds, private profit-public liability, sound familiar (bankers?). Good article http://www.westbournecoms.com/how-privatised-are-our-railways/ But lets be clear Northern are exploiting the system for all its worth.
The thing that surprises me isn’t the £5500 a day tax payers pay it’s that Northern can just throw part of the towel in and the DOT dont revoke their licence, haven’t we seen this numerous times over the decades since privatisation “were not making enough profit” now train operating companies can just dump any line they want and still hold the TOC licence for the rest - DOT - Dept of gov Twits.
At £5500 per day probably cheaper to lay on personal taxis