North England commuters urged to flood TV and radio with transport woes in 'day of moaning'

North England Commuters urged to flood TV and radio with transport woes in 'day of moaning'

The call came in response to Chris Grayling cancelling planned electrification work

Monday, August 21, 2017

Commuters in the north of England have been urged to air their transport issues en masse in a 'day of moaning.'

The move comes in response to Chris Grayling showing support for Crossrail 2 - a London railway project worth £30bn - mere days after cancelling planned electrification work for lines in the north. 

The planned work had been part of the Conservatives' 2015 manifesto, but Grayling said it is now unnecessary because of the planned implementation of "bi-modal trains" which can swap between diesel and electric operation. 

The planned 'day of moaning' was organised by thinktank IPPR North, which is calling on the Government to invest in transport in the north to ensure it can rival services in the south. 

Representatives from the organisation have urged commuters to write to their MPs and get in touch with local TV and radio to air their frustrations.

More than 67,000 people have signed a petition insisting Grayling refocus his priorities on improving northern transport, including a 'Crossrail North' between Leeds and Manchester.