Troubled rail company Northern is to be brought under government control, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced.

The decision, which will see the firm’s franchise stripped from operator Arriva Rail North from 1 March, was taken following months of major disruption.

The government previously described the delays and cancellations as “unacceptable”.

Mr Shapps said passengers had “lost trust in the north’s rail network”.

“People across the north deserve better, their communities deserve better and I am determined to achieve that,” he added.

Northern passengers have faced rail chaos ever since new timetables were introduced in May 2018.

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