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Northern transport is off the rails—but is anyone really surprised?

Delayed upgrades, cancelled routes, outdated stock—the problems with the northern rail network are extreme. But for those who have been paying attention, the latest crisis comes as no surprise

By Ben Gartside  

Last night, the Manchester Evening News, Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Evening Post, Lancashire Post and Sheffield Star all went to print with similar headlines—many opting for the same exact phrase, “off the rails.” The shared sentiment of the Northern print media is hardly an embellishment of the regional mood. The persistent underfunding of transport projects in the north is a continued problem over numerous governments that has…

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