A WHARFEDALE politician has hailed a bill that would see failing rail companies ‘sacked’.

The Railways (Franchises) Bill has been presented to the House of Commons by former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron.

Its aim is to make it easier for the Government to strip rail companies that are failing to perform of their franchises.

The Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Leeds North West (which includes Otley and Yeadon), Kamran Hussain, welcomed the move.

He said: “We have repeatedly made the case for failing rail operators to be stripped of their franchise after a summer of chaos on the railways.”

The bill follows a recent warning by the the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) that ‘no-one took charge’ during timetable chaos over the summer.

Mr Farron said: “This bill would mean that the Transport Secretary would no longer be able to shy away from being ultimately responsible for making sure people have a decent train service.”