New deal is agreed for railway services

A North East train operator has struck a deal to continuing delivering services for the next two years.

Northern Rail has successfully concluded negotiations with the Department for Transport to ensure it can continue to operate services across the region until February 2016, when a new long-term franchise will be let.

The agreement includes additional targets on punctuality, reliability and passenger satisfaction.

Meanwhile, an invitation to tender has been released for the East Coast Mainline franchise.

Three short-listed bidders will have to set out detailed proposals explaining how they plan to build on investment in the line and the kind of improvements they would make to passenger services.