Kate has once again spoken up for local commuters in parliament.

Residents who use Northern Rail’s Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Oxford Road service continue to face repeated delays and overcrowding.

Passengers aren’t likely to see any improvements any time soon and are told the appalling situation could last until April.

Given the continued failings of Northern Rail, Kate asked the Rail Minister, Andrew Jones, what penalties the company could expect to face.

The Minister’s response was unhelpfully vague, stating “If any of the train operating companies is in breach of its franchise, there are mechanisms to hold it to account.”

Kate’s question comes as local commuters have faced a new year rise in fares, but, unfortunately, not a rise in the standard of train services.

Since 2010, regulated fares (which include peak fares and season tickets) have risen by 36 per cent, two and a half times faster than wages.

Kate said: “It’s simply not good enough for the government just to brush aside Northern’s incompetence, when commuters continue to face overcrowded and delayed services, day in, day out.

“I’ll continue to press the government at every opportunity, until my constituents get the reliable train service they deserve.”

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