AUDIO: Passengers in the North to enjoy better rail services than the South?

AUDIO: Passengers in the North to enjoy better rail services than the South?

Published at 9:18am 14th December 2015. (Updated at 6:12pm 14th December 2015)

Harrogate and Knaresborough's MP says he believes that rail services in the North will soon be better than those in the South.

It follows last week's announcement about improvements being delivered as part of new franchise deals.

The Government says Arriva Rail North Limited and First Trans Pennine Express Limited will oversee a £1.2 billion boost to rail services.

It paves the way for modern trains running more often on the Harrogate, Airedale and Wharfedale lines and an end to the "outdated and unpopular" Pacer trains.

In an interview with Stray FM, Andrew Jones, who is also Transport Minister, has predicted a huge change in how passengers view services.

Mr Jones was asked whether it's still justified to say that the North is frequently overlooked when it comes to major transport investment:

Passengers will benefit from four trains per hour between Harrogate and Leeds.

Additional services won't be required to call at all stations, providing an opportunity for faster journeys.

Improvements to evening services include a later journey from Leeds, Harrogate and Knaresborough to Cattal, Hammerton, Poppleton and York.

New electric trains will serve Skipton and Ilkley.