End the northern rail nightmare. Give us the powerhouse you promised

End the northern rail nightmare. Give us the powerhouse you promised

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The government has spent four years telling northerners we live in a powerhouse.

In reality it treats us like second class citizens, with a second class, secondhand transport network.

We are sick of cancellations, delays and rail replacement buses.

We are sick of 'sorry for the inconvenience'.

We are sick of London being put first, a city with TWO shiny new high-speed lines in the pipeline while we make do with cramming into its old carriages - if they arrive - after waiting on ageing, unsafe platforms.

Government: enough is enough. We are sick of your warm words.

You promised us a northern powerhouse.

So build it.

We want:

  • immediate action to end the Northern Rail crisis - not just an 'inquiry'
  • immediate introduction of a proper compensation scheme, within days not weeks
  • ALL major northern transport promises gathering dust on the transport secretary's desk to finally be agreed
  • new high-speed northern lines BEFORE Crossrail 2
  • the same transport funding as London

This petition has been set up by Jennifer Williams, political editor at the Manchester Evening News, on behalf of the #OneNorth campaign.

Use the hashtag #OneNorth on Twitter to keep letting us know about your train journey horrors and showing us any interesting links or information relevant to the campaign. Or just your messages of support!

Below is a list of Northern media titles who are backing our campaign for a better deal for rail users in the North.

You can read more about how this campaign started and why.

Johnston Press
The Yorkshire Post
Yorkshire Evening Post
Sheffield Star
Lancashire Evening Post
Blackpool Gazette
Wigan Post
Chorley Guardian (weekly)
Leyland Guardian (weekly)

The Northern Echo
Lancashire Telegraph
The Bradford Telegraph & Argus
The Bolton News
The Oldham Times (weekly)
Bury Times (weekly)
Radcliffe Times (weekly)
Prestwich & Whitefield Guide (weekly)
The Messenger (weekly)
Bolton Post (weekly)

Newcastle Journal,
Liverpool Echo
Huddersfield Examiner
Teesside Gazette
Newcastle Chronicle and Journal
Leeds Live

Community / Hyperlocal
Wythenshawe Reporter
Amble by the sea
Nantwich News
Alt Blackpool
West Leeds Dispatch
South Leeds Life
Rochdale Online
Blog Preston

The #OneNorth campaign on the TV:
James Mitchinson, editor of the Yorkshire Post, on BBC News at 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ-8wZ9TDao
Jennifer Williams, on Newsnight:
Darren Thwaites, editor-in-chief for Manchester Evening News, on Sky News:
Samantha Gildea, from Leeds Live, on Sky News: