Alex Cunningham – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Transport

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Alex Cunningham on 2014-06-25.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the potential increase in passenger numbers on (a) the TransPennine Express and (b) Northern Rail lines during the life of the next franchises starting in February 2016.

Stephen Hammond

Between 2002 and 2012 rail demand in the North of England grew by a total of 66% and demand is expected to continue to grow. The Department for Transport is currently preparing its own forecasts of passenger demand for the next franchises to inform the specification.