Graham Jones (Hyndburn, Labour)The Northern rail franchise is up for renegotiation and the new direct rail link between Manchester and Accrington is soon to begin service.
The Secretary of State says that success on the railways has been achieved because of privatisation. The rolling stock in east Lancashire must be among the worst in the UK—it is absolutely dreadful. Privatisation has certainly not worked. The northern franchise is coming up, so what will he do to ensure that my constituents and others in east Lancashire benefit from that success?
Patrick McLoughlin (Derbyshire Dales, Conservative)
A lot of rolling stock has been and is being ordered. I hope to see a roll-out to all areas, including the hon. Gentleman’s constituency.
With this is mind I have written to the Passenger Transport Authority, Lancashire County and Council and they have provided this response.