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Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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York Press column – Unity and self-discipline will get us through Coronavirus

York Press column – Unity and self-discipline will get us through Coronavirus

A month on from my last column on overcoming Yorkshire’s flooding challenges, our community and country now faces an even sterner test. The necessary restrictions on movement, and closure of public spaces make this in some ways the most serious emergency our nation has ever faced. Even on the brink of invasion in 1940, schools,

Julian writes to the Foreign Secretary to urge him to send repatriation flights to Australia and New Zealand

A number of constituents who are struggling to return home to the UK have...

Cross-party group of 12 Yorkshire MPs write to Housing Minister to oppose Askham Bog development appeal

Julian, together with 11 other MPs from across Yorkshire, has today written to the...

Julian writes to the Chancellor to urge him to provide more support to the self-employed

Julian has today written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak to ask...

Julian welcomes Government announcement on Northern Rail

January 29, 2020

Julian has today welcomed the announcement that the Northern franchise is to be taken over by the public operator.

It is hoped that the move will allow for a better service for customers and much needed investment in stations and rolling stock. Plans announced by the Secretary of State today will see an expanded Sunday service and all trains undergo a deep clean. Longer-term the Government plans to invest in more trains and the lengthening of 30 platforms to increase capacity.

The Government has provided assurances to Julian that Northern’s base in York will be retained under the public operator and that there will be no impact on services or staff.

Commenting on the move, Julian said:

I welcome the Secretary of State’s announcement today and hope that this marks the beginning of the end of the North lagging behind other parts of the country in the quality of our commuter rail services.

In the coming months I will be working hard to keep the Government to their promises on improving quality and reliability. In the long-term however any changes to the franchise must not come at the expense of jobs in York. I will continue to argue that as a centre for the UK rail industry, the replacement operator serving Yorkshire and the North East should be based here”.