Rail passengers in the north have been warned of fewer services and potentially more crowded trains after TransPennine Express said it would cut its timetable further in December.
About 20 services a day between Leeds and Manchester will be taken out of the schedule as the firm seeks to “reset” its struggling operations.
Passengers will now have three trains an hour instead of four across its core intercity line at off-peak times, reducing overall seat numbers by 5%.
TransPennine Express (TPE) was taken into public ownership in May, when FirstGroup was stripped of the contract because of poor performance, although the government said the move was unlikely to improve services overnight.
So, so much better.