Regional newspapers from across the North of England have set aside their differences for an historic show of front page unity, drawn together by shared misery of ongoing rail disruption.
Fed up with constant ‘chaos’ on local transport networks towns and cities are uniting across the region to express frustration in a joint call for action to end the ‘nightmare’ of cancellations, delays and reductions in service.
Among those taking part are the Yorkshire Post, which carried a picture of a train in motion along with the headline ‘Enough is enough, Mrs May – act now to end North’s rail crisis’.
Putting some figures to the problem, the Lancashire Post highlighted 2,000 train cancellations and 165 services being scrapped, prompting it to lead with its own custom departure board reading ‘Off the rails’.
This may yet come to pass with Manchester Evening News politics correspondent Jennifer Williams tweeting: “Am told there was a degree of panic about this yesterday when it dawned on govt we were all doing this.”
— Jennifer Williams (@JenWilliamsMEN) June 5, 2018
Yorkshire Post editor James Mitchinson added: “The Yorkshire Post and quality regional news brands across the north of the country unite tomorrow in an historic show of unity: fed up of being let down; fed up being treated second class; fighting for better, now!”
The Yorkshire Post, and quality regional news brands across the North of the country, unite tomorrow in an historic show of unity: fed up of being let down; fed up being treated as second class; fighting for better, now! #OneNorth #tomorrowspaperstoday #Skypapers #BBCpapers pic.twitter.com/uc4fN01J3Y
— James Mitchinson (@JayMitchinson) June 4, 2018
By uniting in this way, the likes of Reach (formerly Trinity Mirror) and Johnston Press hope to heap sufficient pressure on prime minister Theresa May to show political leadership and announce much needed investment in the ailing network.