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Northern Rail scoop top industry prize

March 2, 2011

Congratulations to Northern Rail for bagging Train Operator Of The Year at the Rail Business Awards.

The judges said “No growth was built into the franchise specification and no significant investment anticipated. But what a difference the reality has been, which is what made this entry stand out from all the others. Northern’s joint owners – Serco and Abellio – were required to invest £250,00 per year as part of the franchise agreement, so far they have actually invested £25million, and in doing so have been able to attract £80million from external sources – a total of over £100million in six years.

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