Rail North – DfT Partnership

On Friday 20 March 2015, Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport, and Cllrs Julie Dore & James Lewis, as Directors of Rail North Ltd., signed a Partnership Agreement for the management of the Northern and TransPennine Express franchises from 1 April 2016.

The agreement sets out the roles and responsibilities of Rail North and the Department for Transport.

Rail North – DfT Partership Agreement
Rail North – DfT Partership Agreement
Redacted version (pdf, 257k).

While some elements remain classed as ‘reserved matters’ for the Secretary of State, the responsibilities for Rail North will relate to:

  • Development of and changes to the Train Service Requirement;
  • Changes to the train fleet;
  • Assets, leases and third parties;
  • Concessionary travel, multi-modal ticketing schemes and ‘smart’ transactions;
  • Performance management and enforcement;
  • Matters relating to the deployment of rolling stock where this affects any Rail North Association member (including branding and funding of rolling stock);
  • Development of and changes to the Train Plan;
  • Right to carry out surveys (including carrying out passenger surveys such as surveys required for the purposes of multi-operator ticketing schemes and/or concessionary travel reimbursement);
  • Station facilities addressed by the provisions of a relevant Franchise Agreement, (including staffing levels, passenger facilities, ticket sales, ticketing equipment, information provision, car parks, parking charges, cycle storage, taxi and bus interchange);
  • Right to inspect (including carrying out inspections, surveys of stations, trains and any other passenger facility);
  • The application of fare increases to fare baskets (including fare basket harmonisation and the application of de minimis values).